A few years ago I was working behind-the-scenes on a film with Janks Morton. I grew up with a loving father in our home. This issue of child custody and how men are treated in the Family Court system was distant and foreign to me. And then, I heard the stories and saw the pain firsthand from 23 men of all races and walks of life.
Segments of this movie were filmed in my office. One evening we were filming late in the evening. It was cold and dark outside. I welcomed these men as they entered the office. They were strong and confident with firm handshakes. Moments later, sitting several feet away, I watched some these men break down emotionally, some in tears when talking about how the court system has treated them in their effort to be a part of their children’s lives. I stood motion-less with tears in my eyes.
Some of their stories were gut wrenching. When their segment was complete, each guy took a minute to compose himself, before stepping off the set. One gentlemen looked at me and said, look at me and say, “Thank you.” I replied to one dude, “What are you thanking me for?” He said,
“For most of us, this is the first time that we’ve been given a platform or a voice to share our frustrations and challenges in a way that may matter. We’re good guys. We’re not criminals. All we want to do is see our kids.”
These men did not know each other and yet, they hugged each other knowing that they were part of a brotherhood. This movie created by Janks Morton, the man I affectionately describe as coming to this earth from Mars because of his ability land and place topics before us with facts and figures that require a national conversation.
This film shows that custody is not a RACE issue. It’s a FATHER issue!