Last night, I attended a viewing of, “From Fatherless to Fatherhood.” This film, directed by Kobie Brown, is a series of interviews and narratives. The film explores the impact of young men and women who grow up without a father and how some of them are breaking the cycle by taking an active role in the lives of their children, despite not having fathers of their own.
According to CNN, it is estimated that nearly 80% of African-American children can expect to spend at least part of their childhood living apart from their fathers. The biggest barrier affecting both young and old fathers, Brown says, is poor-quality relationships.
One of the men in the documentary happens to be Kevin Mason, the Assistant Principal at our school. After the viewing, we had a short question and answer session. One thing we learned, was that, “The purpose of this documentary is to ignite discussion throughout the African-American community … to let people understand that their lives are not determined by the absence of their fathers, that they can move beyond that and succeed nonetheless,”
I know that they are hoping to spread the word. It has already received a lot of press, (including the Oprah Winfrey Network,) but they are hoping to continue to spread the value of positive role models in the life of children. Mr. Mason has been a mentor to many children and stressed the importance of it. If you have the opportunity to see it, I highly recommend it. It is really thought provoking.
I have included some information about the workshop below:
The institutional version of this film is 42 minutes-long and is being used as part of a grassroots tour that has included stops at Morehouse College, Penn State University, The Eagle Academy for Young Men, Central High School (Newark, NJ) and the 4th Annual Pre-Father’s Day Summit presented by Congressman Bobby L. Rush, among other venues. The screenings consist of a presentation of the film followed by a Q&A session and workshop with the film’s producer.
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