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For Ahkeem

 
Limited Engagement
 
Oct 13—Oct 19, 2017
 
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RUN TIME: 90min
GENERAL ADMISSION: $15
MEMBERS: $7.50 (free for Level 4 and above)
 
+  Oct. 13, 7pm: Q&A with filmmakers Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest. Oct 15, 4:30pm: Panel discussion on the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
 
 
 
 
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Directed by Jeremy Levine & Landon Van Soest | 2017
“Masterful...shows us the undeniable power of cinema.”
—Huffington Post
 
 

In this intimate coming-of-age documentary set amid the marginalized neighborhoods of north St. Louis, 17-year-old Daje Shelton navigates the biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up so many black youth like her to fail. When a school fight lands her in a court-supervised alternative high school, she struggles to maintain focus while attending the funerals of friends killed around her, falling in love with a classmate named Antonio, and navigating a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother. As events in Ferguson just four miles from her home seize the national spotlight, Daje learns she is pregnant and must contend with the reality of raising a young black boy in America. For Ahkeem illuminates the challenges faced by so many black teenagers today and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

Fri, Oct 13 at 7pm
Q&A with Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest

Sun, Oct 15 at 4:30pm
Panel discussion on the School-to-Prison Pipeline with: Sarah Hinger, staff attorney for ACLU; Angelo Guisado, staff attorney for Center for Constitutional Rights; Winsome Waite, vice president of Alliance for Excellent Education; moderated by Katherine Cheairs, manager of Tribeca Teaches at Tribeca Film Institute

Tues, Oct 17 at 7pm
Iyabo Boyd (producer) will be in conversation with For Ahkeem editor Lily Henderson

 
 
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For Ahkeem

For Ahkeem moved me to start focusing more on the narrative around young black girls who are perhaps deemed too loud, too sassy, or too grown.



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