In My Father's House


In My Father's House

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This film explores identity and legacy in the African-American family, as Grammy award-winning rapper Che 'Rhymefest' Smith and his long-lost father reconnect and try to build a new future in Chicago's turbulent South Side. Himself a child of a broken home, Che hasn't seen his father, Brian, in over 20 years, and presumes him dead. But after buying his father's childhood home, Che sets out to find him, and learns that he is now a homeless, alcoholic living only several blocks away. The film offers a probing take on memory and identity in a family two generations removed from slavery as it tracks Che and Brian's shared journey to create a new legacy for themselves, their community, and the next generation of family.

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

  • Watching Mr. Tillman as he cheerfully embraces sobriety to please his son, and is rebuffed by his former street pals for doing so, we see a poignant meditation on how our expectations of loved ones can become a burden that not everyone can carry.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • What's powerful and interesting about "In My Father's House" is the way so much goodwill and urging are tested in Che's personal life.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Though it brings limited insight to the problem of absent fathers in the black community, "In My Father's House" tells a story of loneliness, abandonment, anger, and joy that all can relate to.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "In My Father's House" offers lots of interesting raw material, but it could use a disinterested observer's remix.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [In My Father's House] could not have come at a better time.

    Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The result is a film whose exploration of responsibility and addiction will interest viewers who've never heard of Smith.

    Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

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