For Ahkeem Reviews

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February 27, 2020
For Ahkeem poignantly unfolds with all the accouterments of a narrative film.
March 21, 2018
Throughout the movie, there is one constant: Daje's smile. You can't help but want to keep rooting for her.
March 15, 2018
"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.
January 10, 2018
Excellent docu on teen's struggles in inner-city St. Louis.
December 21, 2017
Unadorned, urgent, [and] troublingly intimate.
December 15, 2017
By simply documenting Deja's humanity, For Ahkeem offers a vivid example of the incontrovertible fact that black lives matter.
December 15, 2017
A stark look at institutionalized racism and a system actively working against you, For Ahkeem, uses the personal - a young woman's success and coming into her own- to complete a bigger, often somber picture.
December 15, 2017
[For Ahkeem] is a compelling but often frustrating documentary, a microcosm of the struggles faced by many disadvantaged young people of color today.
December 15, 2017
For Ahkeem is an essential insight into marginalized America.
December 15, 2017
Van Soest and Levine were in production when Ferguson exploded over the police shooting of Michael Brown, and they're smart enough to keep those events in the background as a running reminder of what can happen to Black youth in the St. Louis area.
December 15, 2017
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.
December 15, 2017
There's a strong dose of anthropology in this documentary, as the filmmakers construct the small world in which Daje lives and interacts with young people like herself - all black, all poor, mostly fatherless.
December 1, 2017
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.
October 19, 2017
For Ahkeem strikes a hopeful chord.
October 19, 2017
A tenderly intimate, affecting documentary portrait ...
October 19, 2017
The story that is told here, with such heartbreaking clarity, is an important one, but it is hard to watch.
October 13, 2017
About as close as documentaries come to putting us inside the mind of someone who society easily overlooks.
October 13, 2017
The movie isn't explicitly message heavy but by telling the story of Daje without reality show-type finagling, there is a clear message to see people beyond their stats, voting demographics and segments on cable news.
October 11, 2017
A rich, inspiring, and at times infuriating evocation of Daje's inner life.
May 10, 2017
The weight of the systemic racism they experience is crushing enough to make it hard to imagine that Daje and Antoine will be able to offer their son any more opportunities than they have themselves.
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