This documentary will fully explore many of the facets of fatherlessness in an intense effort to show the magnitude of this social epidemic. Man-Up will take an uncompromising look at the lives that hang in the balance. You will hear personal testimonies of triumph and devastation as we navigate our way through the experiences of growing up without a father and the effects thereof. Again, our mission is to give a face to the faceless and a voice to the voiceless children who are now suffering and asking themselves the unanswerable question "why me?".
You will hear from the MEN who left their child behind; those who stayed and the fathers who are battling the court system for the right to see their children. You will also hear from the women who are raising these children alone and experience the pain and hurt they feel inside. We delve into the good, bad and the ugly scenarios that are played out everyday as men, women and even children battle this socially disparaging disease.
Man-Up: The Documentary will attempt to provide methods of healing
as we talk to psychologists and socially conscience community activists
and leaders. As we look for answers, in the end our hope is to pull
back the delicately placed scab covering up the wounds that will
never heal if we don't confront fatherlessness head on.
The Man-Up Documentary wraps up its 10-city tour in Racine, WI on October 13th, 2011.
"There are a lot of men out there who need to stop acting like boys; who need to realize that responsibility does not end at conception; who need to know that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one."
- Barack Obama, 2008 Presidential Candidate
"Over the past four decades, fatherlessness has emerged as one of our greatest social problems."