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For Ahkeem

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For Ahkeem

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Thursday 4 July 8.30pm Channel 039

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 baby boy, Ahkeem, just as Ferguson erupts a few miles down the road. Through Daje’s intimate coming-of-age story, For Ahkeem illuminates the challenges that many teenagers of coloured race face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive. Nominated for the Glashütte Original Documentary Award at Belin International Film Festival 2017.