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December 1–7

Chicago Theatrical

For Ahkeem

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Film still: For Ahkeem
"Tenderly intimate, affecting"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Quietly impactful... a poignant snapshot of black struggle that humanizes a range of social issues"
  —Hollywood Reporter
3 stars½ "For Ahkeem is about as close as documentaries come to putting us inside the mind of someone who society easily overlooks"

Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, this is the coming-of-age story of Daje "Boonie" Shelton, a bright 17-year-old African-American girl in North St. Louis. Placed in a school for troubled youth, she struggles to stay on track as she loses friends, battles with her mom, falls in love and becomes pregnant with her son Ahkeem. Trying to navigate her way through a world that seems determined to hold her back, Daje must call upon all of her willful determination to navigate the cultural marginalization and economic devastation that she faces on a daily basis in this stunning, compassionate look at what it means to a be a Black teenager in America today.

Over the course of two years, For Ahkeem is an outstanding documentary that follows this resilient and determined young woman as she prepares to enter adulthood.

Directed by Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest, U.S.A., 2017, 90 mins.

Facets Film Dialogue

Michelle Mbekeani, Staff Attorney at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and Kendrick Washington II, Civil Rights Attorney at the Federal Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, will be here for a Q&A on Thursday, December 7 following the 6:30 p.m. screening.


  • Fri., Dec. 1 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat., Dec. 2 at 2, 4, 6 & 8 pm
  • Sun., Dec. 3 at 2, 4 & 6 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Dec. 4–7 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. Call the Cinémathèque Hotline at 773.281.4114 for the latest schedule, showtimes and updates.

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