Where's Daddy?

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The question 'Where's Daddy?' may sound infantile, but it's as much an adult question as any that can be asked, especially when it comes to African-American men and the child support system. Child support continues to be a 'hot button' social and political issue, particularly among the African-American community. "Where's Daddy?" addresses perspectives on that system, and its specific effects and consequences to black families, with an emphasis on the experience of fathers as participants in the system. The film also examines legal challenges, social implications, cultural issues and the emotional impact of navigating the child support system as an African American father.

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Critic Reviews for Where's Daddy?

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  • [A] highly reflective and absorbingly insightful documentary. Where's Daddy? is gripping and thought-provoking in its serious look at deprived families paying an ultimate price

    Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An important examination of how Black Men are treated regarding child support by the courts. It will make you think, talk & possibly take action to even the playing field. No child should have to ask Where's Daddy?

    Mar 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Paints a compelling picture of a problem that needs to be addressed sooner than later to truly give children a fair shake at having both parents in their lives.

    Mar 9, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • This true life feature explores a timely topic from a very different perspective than one that we, the public, are generally given.

    Feb 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An important and necessary look at a sensitive subject from an angle that too few care to pay attention to, let alone address.

    Jan 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A must-see expose' suggesting justice ain't blind, but rather inclined to dispense a color-coded brand of justice when it comes to child support.

    Jan 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Where's Daddy?

  • Feb 28, 2018
    Writer/director Rel Dowdell has made two previous films, both narrative features, each of which tackle relevant social issues that largely pertain to the urban community. With his third feature, Dowdell continues to put an emphasis on relevant social issues, but for the first time the filmmaker is doing so through the format of a documentary feature. In Where's Daddy? Dowdell sets out to investigate and discover the root cause of the child support issue in America-what people's problems are with it, how it is failing at its purpose, and how it can be improved. Furthermore, Dowdell goes one step further and asks the even tougher questions of why the government has intervened in such private affairs at all? Why are single mothers raising multiple children is such an epidemic? Dowdell focuses in on the black community in his hometown of Philadelphia in what he hopes to resemble a piece of the larger problem that is plaguing both the American courts system as well as societal stigmas that need to be reconfigured and altered as often times such stigmas are rendered untrue by the details of each case, but remain labeled or interpreted as such due to the broad rules of said system. As a thirty year-old white male who was raised in Arkansas, who was raised with both parents in the home, and who is now married with a three year-old daughter of my own I have no particular affiliation to or against the child support system. I don't know enough about it to hold a position on either side of the line and so if Where's Daddy? is nothing else it, at the very least, serves as an introductory course to this seeming injustice on many fronts that exists outside of my bubble. Dowdell's film paints a well-rounded portrait that attempts to elicit how many different sets of experiences can be had when it comes to a father not being able to make his court-ordered child support payments so that this notion of the punishment fitting the crime becomes present in this regard and not just the blanket punishment of jail time where it costs more to process these individuals than the total amount many of them are even behind on in their payments. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
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