Screening of "Where's Daddy?" with filmmaker Rel Dowdell

Thursday, October 10, 2019
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 001 Screening Room
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Weissinger, James R
Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities

Where’s Daddy?  (2017, 1h 45min)

Directed by Rel Dowdell

Thursday October 10, 2019


VCAM Screening Room, Haverford College

Organized by Cooper Vaughn ’20

Followed by a Q&A with director Rel Dowdell

Free and open to the public

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. The documentary Where’s Daddy? addresses perspectives on that system, and its specific effects and consequences for 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.

Rel Dowdell is an American screenwriter, film director, film producer, and English/screenwriting educator. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he received his Bachelor's degree in English with Magna Cum Laude honors from Fisk University and a master's degree in Film and Screenwriting with highest distinction from Boston University. Dowdell's first feature film, Train Ride, received substantial critical acclaim, and was acquired and distributed by Sony Pictures in 2005.  Dowdell's next feature film effort as writer and director was the drama Changing the Game, which was shot in Philadelphia in the summer of 2010 and theatrically released in May 2012. The film stars Sean Riggs, Irma P. Hall, Dennis L.A. White, Brandon Ruckdashel, and Mari White. There were special appearances by Suzzanne Douglas, Sticky Fingaz, and Tony Todd. The film was cited by as one of the top three African-American films of 2012. Rel Dowdell has been compared to John Singleton and Spike Lee in the way that his filmmaking blends urban storytelling and suspense to tackle relevant and universal social issues that are intimately intertwined with a powerful moral message.


Sponsored by the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities and Visual Studies.

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