Documentary: The Evolution of Dad

Dads and moms are changing. Are you like your parents? I bet not, in many significant ways. As it turns out, someone wants to document how dads are evolving.

From the official website: "The Evolution of Dad is a documentary-in-progress about what it means to be an involved, contemporary American father. The film will explore how fatherhood has evolved over time, what its impact has been on family and society; and lastly, how fatherhood will likely continue to evolve. The overall intention is to create a film that is inspiring, thought-provoking and profound."

The Trailer:

A snippet discussing the future of fatherhood:

A couple other snippets and numerous Father’s Day greetings from random folks can be found on the filmmaker’s Youtube channel. I enjoyed this cliché-breaking diaper change.

Evolution of Dad is slated for release in 2010. Documentaries are often a labor of love, difficult to find funding for to produce. If you like what you see, consider supporting the project with your donation.

Three quotes jumped out at me from the trailer:

  • "I don’t know my dad."
  • "Do I abandon my family or do I abandon the job that feeds my family?"
  • "When they walk out on the playground nobody sees them, nobody sees them as a parent."
  • And, maybe in 20 years, a book like The Kissing Hand will feature both a mom and a dad.

Did anything strike you?

Comments

5 Responses to “Documentary: The Evolution of Dad”

  1. Bonnie says:

    I found that to be really beautiful. We ourselves just had to face a situation where my husband had to either decide to take a demotion or to work hours that would have him coming home at midnight. He chose the demotion because he wanted to be there when our daughter comes home from school and to be able to take our nightly walks as a family. As a child of an early 80′s divorce in which I only got to see my dad on Friday night through Sat evening, it means everything that my husband can have such an active and equal partnership in raising our daughter.

    August 29th, 2008 at 9:19 am

  2. Karen says:

    I think this is really awsome! As a mother of 3 boys I especially wanted my sons to see their father as someone that’s always there for them. I want them to look back when they are older that dad was in the picture. Sometimes my husband can get caught up in work and esp. church ministry. I’ve reminded him often in the beginning that 18 yrs is a short period of time. We’re already 1/4 of the way for my oldest son. I love seeing my sons bond with their dad. My husband now understood that providing financially is not the only thing. Yes, that’s very important but not above building that relationship with our kids. Both my parents and my husband’s parents had to work hard to put food on the table and barely spent any time with us. That’s one thing that I didn’t want to happen to our family. Thanks for sharing this.

    August 29th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

  3. Mary says:

    With baby number two on the way, we’re faced with the possibility of one of us staying home. While I would jump at the opportunity, my husband would be the better choice (due to job stability, pay, benefits, and other reasons). He would gladly do this for his family, if it meant that we would still have food on the table, a place to live, and live comfortably. While skeptical at first, I believe that our children would benefit from either of us being home with them in many ways. I feel that as long as our family is being provided for, that our children feel loved and supported, and we remain united that the matter of who stays home is unimportant. I think that my husband shows plenty of love and affection and is an excellent father to our son. The preview really moved me in that the role of a father seems to not be as important as that of mothers. There are too many families without fathers, or with fathers who unfortunately should not be in that role (abuse and otherwise). But the good thing is that there are plenty of families with great fathers that are involved and loving and caring. One thing that really touched me was the single father of six children. I could not imagine being a parent alone, much less the struggle he must go through being a single dad. I agree that the role of a father has changed and evolved – for the better.

    August 30th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

  4. Stephanie says:

    I put this on my blog. Our family is considered a little “unusual” since I go to work and my husband stays home with our daughter. We talk about how people still can’t believe that he really is her primary caregiver and how isolating it is being a stay at home dad. We figure we are trailblazers, and people will catch on to the fact that dads are just as important and deserve the same rights as moms. Thanks for posting this video!

    September 2nd, 2008 at 6:07 am

  5. CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) says:

    I’m getting emotional just watching the trailer! I can’t wait for it to be a full fledged film!

    September 3rd, 2008 at 6:25 am

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