Brye Dallas Howard, daughter of filmmaker Ron Howard makes her directorial debut with “DADS” a documentary that celebrates the joy and challenges of parenting in today’s world.
There are many stories about men not stepping up to their responsibility. So it was a pleasant surprise to enjoy a documentary that showcased various men and their role as fathers.
Each of these men shared person personal stories about the struggles
both negative and positive in raising children. Of course, it was fun to hear the celebrity anecdotes but for me, the most interesting part of the documentary was the stories of the non-celebrity dads. Brye also included her dad and brother along with interviews with her late grandfather Rance Howard.
Without having the monetary resources of the celebrity dads these men proved the true core of fatherhood. From a father who takes his child hours by bus for treatment while working as a security guard to a same-sex couple with adoptive children and two stay at home dads. All these men from diverse cultural backgrounds from the U.S. to Brazil and Japan acknowledging the difficulty of the task and candidly sharing how they learned “skills” normally associated with motherhood. Listening to the stories of them finding their way through an emotional maze of discovery(from organizing household task, scheduling chores and discipline’
What makes this documentary shine is the honesty of the non-celeb dads’ to show to their vulnerability but most importantly the ability to give all of themselves to be good fathers. One thing is clear no matter the status or money all the men showcased do not take being a father lightly.
“Dads,” is set to make its global premiere just in time for Father’s Day on Friday, June 19, exclusively on Apple TV+.