Well, this Father’s day is going to be a special one with the debut of the critically appraised documentary “Daddy Don’t Go” on Vimeo starting Father’s Day, June 19th, 2016. The documentary, produced by Omar Epps and Malik Yoba, was filmed over the period of two years by Emily Abt.
Daddy Don’t Go covers the lives of four young fathers, Alex, Nelson, Roy and Omar as they struggle to navigate parenthood. The documentary challenges the epidemic of fatherlessness by offering intimate portraits of four racially diverse, economically disadvantaged dads who are defying the odds against them. The four protagonists shatter the deadbeat dad stereotype, redefining what it means to be a good father for all men.
The feature-length documentary illuminates the various socioeconomic pressures low-income fathers face and provides compelling portraits of men who persevere. Omar Epps had to say the following about his new documentary,
“Being the product of a fatherless household, ‘Daddy Don’t Go ‘delves into an issue that’s close to my heart. The media inundates us with the notion that men from impoverished areas are absent fathers but meanwhile, there are millions of men fighting to be active in their children’s lives. This film chronicles the journeys of four such men and their respective battles to parent their children. It’s time men like Alex, Omar, Nelson and Roy have a platform to challenge the deadbeat dad stereotype.”
Fellow producer, Malik Yoba had the following opinion,
“As a father of three children and a lifelong advocate for children, families and community building, this emotionally gripping and powerful film comes at the right time to continue a much-needed conversation. It also gives a voice to countless voiceless fathers who work hard every day to hold it together and give their children a fulfilled life. Emily and the rest of the team have poured 4 years of blood, sweat and tears into this passion project and I’m honored to be a part of it.”