The stories of African-American mothers who are struggling to raise their children alone will soon be told in a new documentary titled “Own My Own.”
From historical perspectives to the civil rights movement, women who juggle work and children as well as those who rely on government assistance to supply their needs will discuss the impact absentee fathers have had on their families. The effects of media, peer pressure, and the black church will also be explored.
Despite the negative portrayals of single mothers typically seen in the media, the filmmaker Rachel Miller said the women she came in contact with were “intelligent, productive, beautiful, and strong.”
“Even though I understand the historic and social events that brought about this social dilemma, I am still very saddened and troubled by it, and determined to do something about it,” she told eurweb.
Miller, who has a Master’s Degree in Media Arts from Long Island University and currently works for New York 1 News in New York City, also shares the perspective of these women’s children and the difficulties they face—their need for a male role model and struggling with feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, resentment, and guilt. Viewers will also hear from fathers, some who regret not having been there for their families and who would like to have a bigger part in raising their children.
The documentary is set to be launched on Kickstarter.com to raise awareness of the project and generate funding needed to ensure a 2012 release.
Miller said, “As is so often the case, this project is falling short of the funding it needs to bring it to fruition. I am, however, confident that once the public is aware of the subject matter, and of the raw and honest way in which it is presented, they will open their hearts and be supportive of it.
“It’s time for serious discussion about this problem, and for change in the Black Family.”
Check out the trailer for the documentary, will you support and tune in?