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"One of the most powerful documentaries ever crafted about the current nature of race relations in America."
- Toronto Film Scene

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 neighborhood. 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. Through Daje’s intimate coming-of-age story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.
* Top 10 Lists in Entertainment Weekly (“Must List”) and People Magazine (“People Pick”)
* Daje Shelton named on the Cinema Eye Honors List of “Unforgettables” in 2017, subjects that “helped to define documentary cinema in 2017” – Anne Thompson, IndieWire
* Winner of 9 film festival awards—including 7 "Best Feature Documentary" awards—and an official Selection of over 50 film festivals and counting
* World Premiere, Berlin Film Festival, Nominated for Glashütte Original Documentary Award
* Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival
* Official Selection, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
* Official Selection, Sheffield Doc/Fest
* Official Selection, AFI Docs
* Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Independent Film Festival Boston
* Winner, Best Documentary, Stockholm International Film Festival
* Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Indie Memphis Film Festival
* Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Tacoma Film Festival
* Winner, Best Feature Documentary, International Black Film Festival
* Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
* Winner, Outstanding Documentary Feature, Tallgrass Film Festival
* Winner, Midrash St. Louis Film Award, St. Louis International Film Festival
* Winner, Special Jury Mention, Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival