In My Fathers House is a documentary around rapper Rhymefest‘s fatherless childhood and the reconnection he made with his father after finding him homeless on the streets.
Rhymefest is most known for being the Chicago rapper who worked with Kanye West in the beginning of his career. He co wrote the grammy award song Jesus Walks. Recently Rhymefest was awarded once more for his work on Glory, a song he worked on with Chicago rapper Common and John Legend which has won a grammy a Academy award.
In the documentary we see a different side of Rhymefest, In My Father’s House the consequences of growing up without a father are shown through the scenes in streets of Chicago and the open discussions Rhymesfest encourages throughout the film not just with his own family but the youth that he helps through after school programs focusing on allowing them to have a safe space to discuss the pain as well as consequences of growing up in a broken or dysfunctional home.
The films depiction of the difficulty that black boys face in America growing up with out a father figure is terribly relative and needed. The film shines a light on one the many problems in the African American community. At the beginning of the film, we learn that over 70 percent of african american homes are fatherless.
A truth most know too well. The struggle of growing up with your father especially as a man, not understanding all of you because the person of which half is made of isn’t there.
I found it moving and thought provoking, it made cry, laugh and pray. Its definitely something I would suggest anyone and everyone see. It gives immense perspective no matter where or who you are.
I will forever be grateful that I happened to turn my television right when the movie was about to begin on ShoTime, which has been playing the documentary on their service dutifully.