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Bess Whitby

THIN LINE: This Mountain Life Finds Beauty Through Strife

This Mountain Life opens with a shot of Simon Beck standing on the face of a silent, snowy mountain. Beck walks slowly, methodically, across the snow, explaining that he never uses GPS when traversing mountains—only his sense of direction and orienteering skills. It’s not immediately clear what Beck…

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DBFF: For Ahkeem: One Teen Mother’s Resolve to Succeed

For Ahkeem is the true story of Daje Shelton, a high school junior in St. Louis, Missouri, who is kicked out of the public school system for fighting. Daje—known to her friends as Boonie—is placed in alternative school called the Innovative Concept Academy, an institution that will give her a last…

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