Co-Directed by Beverly native and award winning filmmaker Jeremy Levine, this coming-of-age story of a Black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis has been described by Toronto Film Scene as “One of the most powerful documentaries ever crafted about the current nature of race relations in America.”
After she is expelled from her public high school, Daje Shelton is sent to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy – her one last chance to earn a diploma. Over a two-year period Daje struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of murdered friends and falls in love. When Daje learns she is pregnant, she must contend with raising a young Black boy in a marginalized neighborhood. The film illuminates the challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today and witnesses the strength and resilience it takes to survive.
This special Salem Film Fest presentation is sponsored by the Salem Five Charitable Foundation in conjunction with community partners The Beverly Human Rights Committee, Salem No Place for Hate Committee and First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist.
A Q&A with Jeremy Levine will take place after the screening.