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For Ahkeem

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Jeremy S. Levine & Landon Van Soest

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About the Movie

One year before the fatal police shooting of a black teenager in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, a 17-year-old black girl in North St. Louis is expelled from her public high school for fighting. A judge places Daje Shelton into a court-supervised high school instead of a juvenile detention center, offering her one last chance to earn a diploma. Over two years, Daje struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of friends killed around her, falls in love with a classmate named Antonio, and navigates a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother. As Antonio is drawn into the criminal justice system and events in Ferguson seize the national spotlight, Daje learns she is pregnant and must contend with the reality of raising a young black boy. This intimate coming of age story illuminates challenges that many black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: For Ahkeem doesn't present anything new, but perhaps there's no need to: Its focus on one young woman struggling to graduate implicitly says that no matter how common the story, every person matters. – Jay Weissberg, Variety, Dec 14, 2017

Fresh: A tenderly intimate, affecting documentary portrait ... – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Oct 19, 2017

Fresh: A poignant snapshot of black struggle that humanizes a range of social issues through the first-hand experiences of one young woman. – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 13, 2017

Fresh: A rich, inspiring, and at times infuriating evocation of Daje's inner life. – Danny King, Village Voice, Oct 11, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Excellent film

Touching, we’ll told story. Very good documentary.

You need to watch this movie

This is a beautifully told story about a resilient young woman. It sheds light on the important reality of the school to prison pipeline and one young woman's struggle to over come.

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  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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