Sundance Film Festival 2024

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary - Daughters

Expired January 29, 2024 6:55 AM
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Four young girls prepare for a special Daddy Daughter Dance with their incarcerated fathers, as part of a unique fatherhood program in a Washington, D.C., jail.

A moving lesson in empathy and forgiveness, Daughters is a result of an eight-year documentary journey that filmmaker Natalie Rae and Angela Patton, an activist advocating for “at-promise” girls, embarked upon. As Aubrey, Santana, Raziah, and Ja’Ana get ready for the special event, they speak candidly about their hopes, dreams, and disappointments. There is an innate wisdom and honesty to what they share about their dads’ inconsistent presence; an awareness far beyond their years. Daughters meaningfully challenges many stereotypes around incarceration and serves as a poignant reminder that maintaining family bonds can be both healing and empowering. We get to witness a lot of joy, but in keeping with the film’s vérité style, Rae and Patton don’t shy away from more challenging moments, including heartbreak, skepticism, reluctance to engage, and anger. But then comes a classic dad joke, and the mood shifts again.AT

Available in person. Also available online for the public (January 25–28) and credentialed press and industry (January 24–28).

  • Year
  • Runtime
    107 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Angela Patton, Natalie Rae
  • Co-Producer
    Paul Rachman
  • Cinematographer
    Michael "Cambio" Fernandez
  • Composer
    Kelsey Lu
  • Producers
    Lisa Mazzotta, Justin Benoliel, Mindy Goldberg, Sam Bisbee, Kathryn Everett, Laura Choi Raycroft, James Cunningham
  • Editors
    Troy Josiah Lewis, Adelina Bichis
  • Executive Producers
    Jessica Seinfeld, Joel Edgerton, Lydia Kives, Jackie Bisbee, Lance Acord, Harland Weiss, Dom Thomas, J.M. Harper, Morgan Clement, Hallee Adelman
  • Co-Executive Producer
    Mike Hasinoff
  • Music Supervisor
    Sunny Kapoor
  • Sound Design/Mix
    Ballad Sound & Music