Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Daddy Don't Go

Year: 2015
Country: United States
Run Time: 87 minutes

Daddy Don't Go
Daddy Don't Go
Daddy Don't Go

Experience the struggles of four disadvantaged fathers trying to raise children on their own in New York City: Nelson, a former gang member, fighting the stigma of being a stay-at-home dad while his girlfriend is pursuing a medical career; Omar, trying to keep his children in school while dealing with his daughter’s medical needs and being ordered to parenting counseling; Roy, a former convict now living with his parents, striving to build a better childhood for his son than the one his father built for him; and finally Alex, grappling with the decision of accepting a plea bargain that will result in a one-year prison sentence versus risking a possible 15-year sentence that would force him to miss his son’s childhood. DADDY DON’T GO is an affecting look at men struggling to rise above their situations by using selfless love–all while exposing major deficiencies in the legal and administrative systems that serve New York’s disadvantaged population. –C.P.

CIFF40 Screenings

Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Saturday, April 09, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

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Emily Abt

Emily Abt, a former Fulbright fellow, holds degrees from New York University and Columbia University. She's the founder of Pureland Pictures and has made documentaries for PBS, Oprah Winfrey, MTV, and Showtime. She teaches filmmaking at Princeton University and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She was the recipient of the Someone to Watch Award at the 34th CIFF.

"Take It from Me" (2001)—34th CIFF, "All of Us" (2008)—32nd & 34th CIFF, "Toe to Toe" (2009)—34th CIFF, DADDY DON'T GO (2015)

Emily Abt, Keryn Thompson

Andrew Nam Chul Osborne

Jeff Marcello, Andrew Gersh

Principal Cast
Alexander Charles, Omar Kennedy, Nelson Serrano, Roy Puntervold

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