Fatherlessness is one of the most urgent social issues currently facing American families and is linked to alarming rates of child poverty and incarceration. In New York City, for example, more than half of African-American children and over 40 percent of Latino children are growing up without fathers. Fatherless children are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school and nine times more likely to break the law than their peers raised in two-parent homes.
Filmmaker Emily Abt, one of Variety Magazine’s “Top 10 Directors to Watch,” decided to address this serious problem in her poignant film Daddy Don’t Go. The film follows the lives of four young fathers – Alex, Nelson, Roy and Omar – as they struggle to navigate parenthood. Filmed over the course of two years, Daddy Do Go illuminates the various socioeconomic pressures low-income fathers face and provides compelling portraits of men who persevere. Epic in scale but intimate in focus, the film shows viewers how men can still be present fathers despite having limited means and facing certain obstacles. By allowing the viewer extraordinary access into the daily lives of its subjects, Daddy Don’t Go removes the negative lens through which underprivileged fathers are currently viewed and offer audiences a new image of the American family.
Daddy Don’t Go was Executive Produced by Omar Epps and Malik Yoba and had its world premiere at the 2015 DOC NYC. The film will premiere on Vimeo this Father’s Day, June 19th. Watch the trailer below.