WHY IS THIS THE CRITICAL ISSUE?
82.3% is the number of African American children born since 1990 that will not live in the same home as their biological fathers before graduating High School. Today, a generation of African American youth, have not had sustained access to positive paternal or male role models. Consequently, the concept of a residential father is often too removed from these children’s reality. Many of us know the statistics; too many of us have attempted to affect the multiple social, economic and educational dilemmas facing the African American community. Through outreach media, iYAGO Entertainment Group has dedicated its works to familial reconciliation and healing.
WHAT IS DEAR DADDY ABOUT?
Dear Daddy is a feature length documentary about the life long effects of fatherlessness on women. The film follows the dramatic journeys of eight young women from the tough city streets of Washington, DC as they struggle to overcome poverty, poor educational systems, no healthcare, and the most difficult life circumstance they have been dealt… the absence of their fathers.
Dear Daddy is not only about the struggles to survive and navigate as a young woman of color, but at its core, it’s about the importance of a father’s role in the lives of their daughters.
Dear Daddy will be segmented as follows:
LETTER WRITING HOUR – Mr. Morton will meet with no more than 10 you African American women ages 14-24 who have grown up with no, over very limited fatherly contact and give a classroom assignment to share their thoughts feelings and emotions in a letter to their fathers.
LETTER READING – Immediately following the LETTER WRITING HOUR, each young woman will read back to the camera their letters.
INTERVENTION SESSIONS – A 20-25 on camera interview between Mr. Morton and each of the contributors, to examine further the nuances, subtleties and meaning behind what the young ladies have expressed on camera