The notion of a deadbeat dad is common in communities of color. Stories of men who abandon partners during pregnancy, battle with addiction, or worse, fall victim to violence, are well shared on a daily basis. But Omar Epps and Malik Yoba hope to have a hand in changing that story as a whole.
Daddy Don’t Go, a new documentary executive produced by the actors follows four young men over the course of two years who are raising their children in urban environments.
Despite various socioeconomic pressures attempting to hinder them from embracing the responsibilities of fatherhood, Alex, Nelson, Roy, and Omar are all trying to redefine what it means to be a father. Within the 89-minute documentary, matters of incarceration, mental illness and unemployment are woven into the narrative. The Emily Abt directed project offers a glimpse at each of the men’s diverse reaction to being ever-present in their children’s lives.
The documentary will debut at the 2015 DOC NYC Nov. 14.