Film Screening: The Black Fatherhood Project
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
6:00pm - 8:30 pm
UCLA Downtown Labor Center
675 S. Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
The Black Fatherhood Project poignantly reveals a history much more complex and profound than what is often seen on the surface of events. Directed and produced by Jordan Thierry, The Black Fatherhood Project unravels the roots of Black absentee parenting through the telling of his own story, interviews with prominent historians, and dialogue among a diverse selection of dads. The discussions include personal experiences, inspirations, and insight on how communities can come together to ensure the power of a father's love is not lost on America's Black children.
"The film explores the issues that continue to plague the Black community," says Thierry. "It digs deep into history to identify how Black families functioned before slavery, how it and subsequent discrimination affected black fathers' involvement in their families, and its impact today."
Nationwide, 67 percent of Black children live in single-parent families, predominantly with the mother. This factor alone increases the likelihood of living in poverty, low educational achievement, incarceration and abuse. This ratio has tripled since the 1960s, growing in correlation with drug crimes, prisons, and income inequality to create today's challenges for the Black family.
The first-time filmmaker adds, "The film also reveals that while the statistics may be discouraging, there is a strong faction of black men that are breaking the cycle of fatherlessness in their families and inspiring others to do the same."
This film screening will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 31st and will be followed by a question and answers discussion facilitated by the Director. The film can also be viewed at the film's website BlackFatherhoodProject.com. The website also provides informational resources on fatherhood as well as a list of reputable mentor and advocacy groups.
About the Director:
An activist-filmmaker, Jordan Thierry began producing the film in 2006 while attending graduate school for communications at Howard University. His approach to filmmaking is informed by his community involvement to advance social justice and empower young men of color to be successful.
Thierry is a Portland, Oregon native and a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. While at the University of Oregon, he co-directed the Student Multicultural Center, served as President of the National Association of Black Journalists Chapter, and co-founded BRIDGES to Higher Education, a high school-to-college tracking program for high school students of color in Oregon. He also directed and produced the short documentary Footprints in the Struggle: The Beatrice Cannady Story, as his senior project. This short documentary aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting, and was nominated for a Regional Emmy in the Best Student Short Documentary category by the Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences in 2006.
Immediately following his graduation from the University of Oregon, Jordan went on to pursue a Master's degree in the Mass Communications and Media Studies program at Howard University, where he finished in 2009. During graduate school, Jordan worked as a Program Coordinator at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, specifically coordinating the Black Youth Vote! program. After a year of Americorps service as an educator in Newark, New Jersey, Jordan moved on to become a Program Associate at the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation based in Portland, Oregon, where he currently resides. He is committed to seeking social change through rich dialogue and spirited action. To this end, he also founded the nonprofit Better Man Productions to address the growing demand for movies about issues concerning men of color. Better Man Productions is focused on inspiring a culture of positive fatherhood and masculinity in communities of color through easily shareable online movies.
Presented by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Cosponsored by the UCLA Labor Center and Homeboy Industries