For Ahkeem
For Ahkeem (2017)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: October 13, 2017
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Rechtshaffen
Los Angeles Times

A tenderly intimate, affecting documentary portrait ...

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

While the film ends at a logical stopping point, it feels incomplete. It probably could have used a few more years of filming.

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Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

For Ahkeem strikes a hopeful chord.

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Christopher Kompanek
Washington Post

The story that is told here, with such heartbreaking clarity, is an important one, but it is hard to watch.

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Danny King
Village Voice

A rich, inspiring, and at times infuriating evocation of Daje's inner life.

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Clay Cane

The movie isn't explicitly message heavy but by telling the story of Daje without reality show-type finagling, there is a clear message to see people beyond their stats, voting demographics and segments on cable news.

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Nick Allen

About as close as documentaries come to putting us inside the mind of someone who society easily overlooks.

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Barry Hertz
Globe and Mail

It's a sort of bad-luck situation most documentarians secretly dream of, but to their credit, For Ahkeem's co-directors don't exploit the situation, merely letting their cameras continue to capture Daje's ever-dire situation.

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Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine

The weight of the systemic racism they experience is crushing enough to make it hard to imagine that Daje and Antoine will be able to offer their son any more opportunities than they have themselves.

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