Directed by Jeremy S. Levine, Landon Van Soest
After a school fight gets 17-year-old Daje expelled from her high school, she resolves to reach for a better future. But that won’t be easy. She loses friends to gun violence, falls in love for the first time, and becomes pregnant with a boy, Ahkeem – just as the Ferguson unrest erupts nearby. Daje’s intimate coming-of-age story illuminates the challenges that many Black teenagers face in America today and witnesses the strength, resilience, and determination it takes to survive.
17-year-old Daje struggles for a better future for herself and her newborn child while the violent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, unfolds just a few miles away.
Cast: Daje Shelton, Tammy Moore, Antonio Shumpert, Judge Jimmie Edwards, Quinton Jackson, Ahkeem Shumpert
the cycle of poverty and systemic racism in the here and now
This film hits home literally, I live and educate in this area. There are so many Dajes.
This is a tough film; following a black girl through her last years of high-school in a downtrodden suburb of St Louis. She's troubled, as is her situation, with the riots in Ferguson, MO figuring into the story. No frills here, just a raw look at a person for whom hope seems an unattainable state of mind.
This movie plays more like a feature film than a documentary. It is a compelling story and shows what is possible when Daje, a young woman about to be expelled from school is given one last chance to earn her diploma. The story is powerful and will capture your attention from the first minute.