Filmmakers Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest recently celebrated the release of their new documentary film, “For Ahkeem.” The sensitive and illuminating project is reviewed below by the great folks at RobertEbert.com; Jetpack is proud to have contributed to the supervision and clearance of all the music for the film…and we thank everyone associated with the film for allowing us to participate.
“About as close as documentaries come to putting us inside the mind of someone who society easily overlooks.” Roger Ebert .com
“Up-close, slice-of-life documentary.” New York Times
“Masterful…shows us the undeniable power of cinema.” Huffington Post
“A quietly impactful documentary with the texture of a narrative feature.” The Hollywood Reporter
“For Ahkeem is THE millennial documentary on Black girlhood.” Jet
“Powerful…A People Pick…The deeply personal tale of one young student as she experiences loss, love and dreams that never fade.” People Magazine
“A poignant look at Black girlhood.” Essence
For Ahkeem In this intimate coming-of-age documentary set amid the marginalized neighborhoods of north St. Louis, 17-year-old Daje Shelton navigates the biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up so many black youth like her to fail. When a school fight lands her in a court-supervised alternative high school, she struggles to maintain focus while attending the funerals of friends killed around her, falling in love with a classmate named Antonio, and navigating a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother. As events in Ferguson just four miles from her home seize the national spotlight, Daje learns she is pregnant and must contend with the reality of raising a young black boy in America. For Ahkeem illuminates the challenges faced by so many black teenagers today and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.
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