VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

For Ahkeem

V' 17

For Ahkeem

Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest
USA, 2017
Documentaries, 90min, OmdU

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For Ahkeem

Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest
USA, 2017
Documentaries, 90min, OmdU

Cast: 
Daje Shelton
Antonio Shumpert
The honorable Judge Jimmie M. Edwards
Tammy Moore
Sound: 
John Moros
Rich Bologna
Camera: 
Nicholas Weissman
Editor: 
Lily Henderson
Composer: 
Noah Bennett Cunningham
Format: 
DCP
Color

The death of unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown at the hands of police is the sociopolitical background of this coming-of-age documentary about 17-year old Daje Shelton. She wants what countless Hollywood stories tell us young women in America want: good grades, good friends, and the perfect boyfriend. Instead, she runs afoul at her highschool, is expelled, and given a last chance to graduate by attending an alternative program at the innovative Concept Academy. Over the next two years, Daje struggles with typical teen growing pains, falling in love and fighting with mom, but also must increasingly combat the institutional and social roadblocks that keep black teens like her from succeeding in America. Through this intimate, cinematic tale of one teen’s true story, FOR AKHEEM offers nuance to her story. (Cara Cusumano)