WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017
CHILMARK COMMUNITY CENTER
Discussion to follow with film subject Daje Shelton and director Jeremy S. Levine, moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Join us at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, by Driftwood Kitchen, and live music!
Dirs. Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest | Documentary | U.S.A. | 2017 | 90 min.
Just four miles away from the events about to unfold in Ferguson, Missouri, 17-year-old Daje Shelton is expelled but given one last chance to earn her diploma. Fighting for her future, she struggles to meet academic expectations at a new school, attends funerals of friends killed around her, falls in love, and navigates a loving but tumultuous relationship with her mother. Shot over the course of two years, this film gives us a fly-on-the-wall vantage at a transformative moment: when black American teenagers come up against the institutional and societal roadblocks that are partly the cause of the frustration and anger fueling the riots erupting nearby. Vérité yet cinematic, For Ahkeem provides access to a community of people who are often only allowed to speak in soundbites.
Thank you to the screening sponsors Kristen & Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte