NIHRFF Filmscreening: For Ahkeem
A Documentary Movie
(Dir.: Jeremy Levine & Landon Van Soest, 2017, 98 min., OV w/ German Subtitles)
Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a Black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up many Black youth like her to fail. Through immersive, cinematic scenes of one girl's struggle to make a better life for herself and her newborn son, For Ahkeem explores the complex web between juvenile justice, education, and race in America today.
In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival und der Kulturabteilung der Amerikanischen Botschaft, Berlin.