“Daddy Don’t Go” is a feature length documentary that explores the crisis of fatherlessness in America by capturing 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” illuminates the hardships that impoverished fathers face and provides compelling portraits of men who are unwavering in their commitment to parenthood despite those challenges.
Alex is a single father of West Indian descent who lives with his toddler son “Junior” in a decaying Harlem shelter. Alex successfully keeps Junior out of the foster care system for two years but then faces a new challenge to his family’s well-being: possible jail time.
Nelson is a former Latin King gang member and full-time daddy to his young son and his partner Rebeccas’s two daughters. Nelson is adamant about staying away from the lure of “street life” even in the face of unemployment.
Roy is a Caucasian ex-offender who won full custody of his toddler son when the boy’s mother succumbed to drug addiction. Roy and Caiden now live with his parents as Roy tries to overcome his criminal past.
Omar is an African-American father who has full custody of three children with special needs after he rescued his children from their abusive mother. He now battles the Agency for Administrative Services to keep them in his custody.
By allowing the viewer extraordinary access into the lives of its subjects. “Daddy Don’t Go” removes the negative lens through which underprivileged fathers are currently viewed and shatters the “deadbead dad” stereotype.