We are super excited to announce that BFC-helmed feature documentary For Ahkeem is opening in New York City at BAM on October 13! A coming-of-age story of a Black teenage girl in North St. Louis fighting for a better future against the backdrop of the Ferguson uprising, For Ahkeem is an official selection of over 45 film festivals, including the Berlinale, Tribeca, Hot Docs, Sheffield, AFI Docs, and IFF Boston, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. Please help us spread the word and pack the house!
Brooklyn, NY – Opening Oct. 13 – BAM Rose Cinemas – Tickets – Invite Friends
NYC, NY – Opening Oct. 12 – Village East Cinema – Tickets – Invite Friends
St. Louis, MO – Opening Oct. 12 – 24:1 Cinema – Tickets – Invite Friends
LA, CA – Opening Oct. 20 – Laemmle Monica Film Center – Tickets – Invite Friends
Washington, DC – Opening Oct. 20 – Angelika Pop-Up – Tickets – Invite Friends
| Synopsis |
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, illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.
| Press |
“Masterful...shows us the undeniable power of cinema."
– Huffington Post
“One of the most powerful documentaries ever crafted about the current nature of race relations in America.”
– Toronto Film Scene
“Up-close, slice-of-life documentary."
– New York Times
“For Ahkeem is THE millennial documentary on Black girlhood"
“This verite doc about a St. Louis teen offers compellingly humane proof of the fact that Black lives matter”
“A quietly impactful documentary with the texture of a narrative feature.”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“A poignant look at Black girlhood”
“The deeply personal tale of one young student as she experiences loss, love and dreams that never fade.”
– People Magazine
“We see and feel what Boonie is experiencing and it changes how we see life...Truly amazing”
- Unseen Films
“Intimate and touching”
– The Playlist
– Paste Magazine
“A remarkable experience”
– The Knockturnal
“This cinematically stunning and powerful film will leave you breathless and should be considered required viewing”
– Picture Motion
Directed by BFCers Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest, produced by BFCer Nicholas Weissman alongside Iyabo Boyd, edited by BFCer Lily Henderson, and executive produced by Jeff Truesdell.