Documentary Film For Ahkeem Highlights the Challenges African American Youth Face in School and the Community
September 28, 2017 10:36 am
The film For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a seventeen-year-old African American girl from north St. Louis, Missouri. Expelled from her public high school, Shelton is sent to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy (ICA), which offers her a last chance to earn a high school diploma. The film follows Shelton for two years, as she struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of friends killed around her, navigates a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother, and falls in love with a classmate named Antonio. As her boyfriend is drawn into the criminal justice system and events in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, shine a national spotlight on racial bias and poor community-police relationships, Shelton learns that she is pregnant and must contend with the reality of raising a young African American boy.