Coming-Of-Age Documentary ‘For Ahkeem’ Opens In Theaters On Oct. 13

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Coming-Of-Age Documentary ‘For Ahkeem’ Opens In Theaters On Oct. 13
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 10, 2017

Opening this week at The Village East and BAM in Brooklyn is the documentary For Akeem by award-winning directors Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest.

FOR AHKEEM is the moving portrait of 17-year-old Daje Shelton, a Black girl in North St. Louis, as she navigates the many challenges of growing up in inner city America with one goal: to graduate high school.

Filmed over a three year period, we watch as Daje struggles against countless obstacles to obtain her high school diploma, her only hope of a better future, while navigating life as a teenager in America. The camera quietly follows her as she experiences her first love and explores a challenging new role as a teen mother.

Through Daje’s intimate coming-of-age story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

Jeremy S. Levine produced and edited the Emmy® award-winning feature documentary Good FortuneLevine co-founded the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective together with Landon Van Soest. Van Soest is an Emmy Award-winning director and a Fulbright Scholar. His work explores social commentary through rich characters and immersive narratives. Van Soest is currently working on the documentary, Light Darkness Light.


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