‘Father’s Day’: Film Explores Black Girls Growing Up in Fatherless Homes

November 1, 2011  |  

The number 64 is a running theme throughout the trailer for a new film in the works titled “Father’s Day” that looks at the effect growing up without a dad has had on children from such black homes. Sixty-four corresponds to the alarming percentage of African-American children that grow up without a father. Many people discuss the effect on boys, but the results for young women are less often brought to light.

Directed by Ashley Shante, founder of Dear Diary Productions, the coming film is based on her personal experiences related to coming to terms with effects of growing up fatherless that she had been unaware of. Although the film is not an autobiography, it is closely based on Ashley’s own emotional experience of growing up fatherless and her self-exploration through diary writing. Plus, the impact of a book called “What Ever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girls?,” by Jonnetta Rosa Barras, started her on her journey.

Ashley connected with friend and actress Squeaky Moore to bring the film to life and is currently trying to raise funds to begin production. The trailer is pretty heart-wrenching and speaks to the feelings of rejection and abandonment many children and even adults still feel as a result of not having a father in their home. Being a part of that 64%, I can certainly relate to one woman’s comment in the trailer below — Father’s Day is just another Mother’s Day for me, too.

Check out the trailer below. How do you think films like this might help African-American women deal with not having a father? If you have faced a similar fate, how have you coped? Are you planning on making a donation to fund this film’s mission?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.



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