The idea that the absence of men in the lives of their children is the norm is communities across America is being challenged with a new documentary titled “Daddy Don’t Go.”

The film, executive produced by actor Omar Epps, gives viewers an intimate look into the lives of 4 New York fathers doing the best that they can to remain a constant presence in the lives of their children. Few topics of relevancy are off limits as each father shares the highs, lows, rewards and hardship of  parenting as a man. The concept behind the documentary was built on the statistic that 1 in 3 children in America are fatherless and inspired by things Epps went through personally as the product of a fatherless household himself. He says his goal was to shine light on the men who are making moves to defy the statistics by being an active participant in the lives of their children by any and all means necessary.

Epps shared these words in a statement after signing on as executive producer:

“Being the product of a fatherless household, ‘Daddy Don’t Go’ delves into an issue that’s close to my heart. In the media, we’re always inundated with the notion that black men and/or men from impoverished areas are absent fathers. Though that may be true to an extent, there are also thousands of young men fighting to be active fathers in their children’s lives. This fact gets smothered in the media by rampant negative imagery of black men and fatherless children. ‘Daddy Don’t Go’ chronicles the journeys of four such men and their respective battles to parent their children. It’s time men like these have a platform and a voice to challenge the statistics and common ideology about the issue of fatherhood.”

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a look at the trailer for the documentary, which has been in the works since 2013.

A kickstarter campaign to fund the documentary has exceeded the $80,000 donation goal and together with the help of Epps, it will now soon see the light of day. However, the film’s developers have stressed that although the kickstarter was a success, additional assistance and support from the public is needed in order to complete the last of the filming and editing. For more information on how you can help and to keep up with the development of “Daddy Don’t Go,” you can visit their website HERE.

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