a documentary about fatherhood and the modern crisis of masculinity
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About the film
Fathers is a 30 minute social impact documentary, which explores fatherhood, masculinity and the importance of community.
Children in Armadale are often raised in fractured families, facing a range of social issues which place them at a great disadvantage in life. ‘The Fathering Project’ is seeking to combat these intergenerational cycles, one father at a time. Interweaving a fatherless filmmaker’s own personal journey, this raw, heartfelt documentary will explore the triumphs & tragedies of the men and boys of Armadale, providing insight to a modern crisis of masculinity and the importance of a positive father figure in a child's life.
Armadale is the last stop on the Eastern line from Perth station. Its colonial town centre, refurbished public housing and revamped community spaces reflect a government effort to address its notorious record as the domestic violence capital of Australia.
As you stroll through the streets of Armadale, the trauma present in the community is clearly visible. An unmistakable pain only skin deep which is all too familiar to me.
Like many of the young boys in Armadale I grew up fatherless, in a community where drugs, suicides, crime and violence were commonplace. Where jail was considered a rite of passage for young men and where families strived meagrely for survival.
I’ve seen many childhood friends become apart of these harrowing statistics, and it’s prompted me on a journey - to understand why the young men from these communities are so often fated to destructive futures.
It was in Armadale that I came across the vehicle for this journey, a unique and pioneering preventative program called ‘The Fathering Project’. The first of its kind in Australia, aiming to help the children by building better fathers.
I join the frontline of The Fathering Project, as they expand their successful program for the first time into a lower socio-economic area, where fathers desperately need their support.
The film follows the facilitators and fathers of Armadale, highlighting the necessity and importance for all communities to provide services which support fathers.
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