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"Daddy Don't Go" documentary: Community Screening and Discussion

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1630 South E Street, Bldg. #A

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“Daddy Don’t Go” documentary captures two years in the lives of four disadvantaged fathers in New York City as they fight to defy the odds against them. And the odds are real - men living in poverty are more than twice as likely to become absent fathers than their middle-class peers (U.S. Census Bureau).

“Daddy Don’t Go” documentary is a tough but tender journey that aims to illuminate the everyday struggles of disadvantaged fathers. Alex, Nelson, Roy and Omar shatter the deadbeat dad stereotype and redefine what it means to be a good father for all men. (Melissa Steward, National Fatherhood Initiative)

Reason for showing:
To bring awareness to our communities of the importance of supporting and encouraging fathers in caring for their children and remaining strong against the systemic structures and other conditions that might work against them.
Many sociologists and policy makers consider fatherlessness to be the most pressing issue facing American families today. Disadvantaged fathers in particular face numerous obstacles in raising their children, and some fail to shoulder the responsibility. Those who continue are more important than ever and must be encouraged and supported. This is why documentaries like "Daddy Don't Go" are crucial in strengthening our culture and the people who work tirelessly in helping and supporting fathers, children and families towards economic gains and family stability.

Target Audience
Anyone working with fathers, families and children with socially economic disadvantage conditions and circumstances. This population mostly includes men, women and children of color, who are disproportionally underserved and underrepresented in receiving necessary support and services in our communities. Along with fathers, mothers and other family members, it is imperative that the audience includes; social workers, mental health workers, doctors, attorneys, judges, law enforcement, school staff and officials, city and county officials, policy makers, and other dignitaries.

Documentary Reviews:
"Every American must see this film. Why is it so heartbreakingly hard—even impossible—to be a decent dad in America if you’re poor? Daddy Don’t Go should sear the nation’s conscience.” - Kathryn Edin, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University

“Daddy Don't Go paints a necessary mosaic of fatherhood through the inspiring stories of four New York City fathers. As an agency, Fathers Incorporated is strengthened by films like this. Daddy Don't Go gives voice and context to the much needed work of building stronger families by investing in building stronger fathers." - Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director, Fathers Incorporated

“This film is a great resource for child welfare systems that are working to implement policy and practice change to improve outcomes for fathers and their families. It’s a powerful tool to inspire change for how systems work with fathers." - Lisa Primus, LMSW, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for the Study of Social Policy

“We’re thrilled as one of the largest child welfare agencies in the country to screen Daddy Don’t Go for professionals working with fathers. It was truly eye-opening and inspiring, and made us look at how we serve fathers in a different light." - Sabine Chery, LMSW, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Administration for Children's Services
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