Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a Black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up many Black youth like her to fail. Through Daje’s intimate coming of age story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers face in the U.S. today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.
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Angelo Guisado, staff attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
Sarah Hinger, staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
Winsom Waite, vice president, Alliance for Excellent Education
Moderated by Katherine Cheairs, Tribeca Teaches at Tribeca Film Institute