Filmmaker Magazine | Most Anticipated American Films of 2017


What It’s About: 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 placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up many Black youth like her to fail. 

Why It’s Included: Levine and Van Soest have a track record for stirring and cinematic character-based documentaries, and this sounds like it could be their most memorable film yet. Has received funding from many of our country’s top granting organizations.