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Documentary Screening: For Ahkeem
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Join us for a special screening and discussion of the new documentary For Ahkeem.

10/14/2017
When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
2:45-5:15 p.m.
Where: 24:1 Cinema
6755 Page Ave.
Pagedale, Missouri  63133
United States

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screening & discussion: For ahkeem

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
2:45-5:15 pm
Pagedale 24:1 cinema

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Join FOCUS for a special screening of the new documentary For Ahkeem, followed by a discussion with the film's Executive Producer Jeff Truesdale and one of the film's subjects, Judge Jimmie Edwards. 

 

Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. The film follows her journey 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.

 

After she is expelled from her public high school, a juvenile court judge sends Daje to the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy, which offers her one last chance to earn a diploma. Over two years we watch as Daje struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of friends killed around her, falls in love with a classmate named Antonio, and navigates a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother. As Antonio is drawn into the criminal justice system and 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. 


Through Daje’s story, For Ahkeem illuminates challenges that many black teenagers face in America today, and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.

 

Following the screening, current Leadership St. Louis class member Dr. Jean Russell will moderate a discussion with Executive Producer Jeff Truesdale and Judge Jimmie Edwards, founder of the Innovative Concept Academy featured in the film.

 

 

 

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