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For Ahkeem | 4 Minute Sample

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In this sample, Daje Shelton is at school watching breaking news on a computer screen the day after Michael Brown is shot in Ferguson. We build to footage of the Ferguson movement intensifying as news crews and civil rights activists descend on St. Louis. The news coverage of the events plays in the background of Daje’s 18th birthday party, where she tells her boyfriend Antonio that she never thought she would live to be 18. 

Please note there is no sound mix or color correction and this 4-minute sample is not intended to represent a continuous section of the final film.

For Ahkeem | 20 Minute Sample

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This 19-minute sample is intended to be an introduction to the settings, characters, and style of For Ahkeem. It includes a collection of scenes assembled into three sequences, but is not intended to represent a continuous 19 minutes of the final film.

The first sequence opens with Daje and her mother Tammy as they learn that Daje is being summoned to court for a recent fight. Daje appears in front of Judge Edwards, who explains that because she has committed a “Type One” offense, she is excluded from ever attending a public school again. He offers her one last chance at a high school diploma by attending an experimental school he set up called the Innovative Concept Academy.

In the next sequence, a court supervisor at ICA informs students that one of their peers was shot and killed over the break. We cut to an American History class, where Mr. Jackson has captured Daje’s attention with a lesson about overcoming adversity in challenging environments. We see Tammy at home telling Daje about the world outside of their neighborhood and her dreams for Daje. Later, we are introduced to Antonio, a hyper 16-year old boy and the future father of Daje’s baby.

In the third sequence, Daje is at school watching breaking news on a computer screen the day after Michael Brown is shot in Ferguson. We build to footage of the Ferguson movement intensifying as news crews and civil rights activists descend on St. Louis. The news coverage of the events plays in the background of Daje’s 18th birthday party, where she tells Antonio that she never thought she would live to be 18. We end the sequence back at school, with Principle Triplett trying to refocus the seniors on graduation and the world beyond.

Please note there is no sound mix or color correction and Daje’s narration samples are currently rough sketches. We are continuing to work with Daje to re-write and ultimately re-record the narration in a professional sound studio.