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  • Sat 24 Mar
  • 90 minutes
  • Director: Jeremy S. Levine & Landon Van Soest
  • USA (2017)


From award-winning directors Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest, FOR AHKEEM is an intimate coming-of-age story that illuminates the challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

After a school fight lands 17-year old Daje Shelton in a court-supervised alternative high school, she’s determined to turn things around and make a better future for herself in her rough St. Louis neighbourhood. But focusing on school is tough as she loses multiple friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Poignantly examining how the justice system can prevent people from escaping a life of poverty, FOR AHKEEM asks the question of whether social mobility really exists for all.

“For Ahkeem” is about as close as documentaries come to putting us inside the mind of someone who society easily overlooks.”

“A quietly impactful documentary with the texture of a narrative feature.” Hollywood Reporter

Right Now Film Festival returns to independent cinemas across the UK between the 21st - 27th of March with a programme of six feature-length documentaries. From the beginning of vital movements such as Black Lives Matter to the future of welfare and the UK’s very own Brexit, our films explore the motives and truths behind global systems and address unjust balances of power. These are stories that may not be typically covered by mainstream cinema, brought to screens across the country in order to reach and challenge audiences.

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