For Akheem | McConomy Auditorium, CMU | Screen | Pittsburgh City Paper


For Akheem

When: Sat., March 24, 7-8 p.m. 2018

As part of Carnegie Mellon University’s International Film Festival, “For Akheem” follows Daje Shelton, a Black 17-year-old girl living 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. Over two years, we watch as Daje struggles to maintain focus in school, attends the funerals of friends killed around her, and navigates a loving-but-tumultuous relationship with her mother. “For Ahkeem” illuminates challenges that many Black teenagers in America face today,

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