For Ahkeem Reviews

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.
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
[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 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 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
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 12, 2017
While the film ends at a logical stopping point, it feels incomplete. It probably could have used a few more years of filming.
October 11, 2017
A rich, inspiring, and at times infuriating evocation of Daje's inner life.
April 26, 2017
It's a sort of bad-luck situation most documentarians secretly dream of, but to their credit, For Ahkeem's co-directors don't exploit the situation, merely letting their cameras continue to capture Daje's ever-dire situation.
February 13, 2017
A poignant snapshot of black struggle that humanizes a range of social issues through the first-hand experiences of one young woman.