For Ahkeem (2017)
Critic Consensus: For Ahkeem uses one young woman's stirring story to offer a sobering reflection of the lives of many in modern America.
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"For Ahkeem" ... reminds white audiences that it is not enough to agree that black lives matter, but that it is also necessary to try and understand how black lives are lived.
By simply documenting Deja's humanity, For Ahkeem offers a vivid example of the incontrovertible fact that black lives matter.
[For Ahkeem] is a compelling but often frustrating documentary, a microcosm of the struggles faced by many disadvantaged young people of color today.
For Ahkeem doesn't present anything new, but perhaps there's no need to: Its focus on one young woman struggling to graduate implicitly says that no matter how common the story, every person matters.
Levine and Van Soest are on top of their subjects with a startling familiarity and shoot in such a clean, unfiltered style that at times you question if they're working from a script or if their subjects are actors.
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