The Discarded Father

Dokus
Independent
| 82 min
German
| English (United States)

Douglas Wolfsperger meets fathers who share his fate: They can't see their own children, because the ex-partners prohibit any contact. With THE DISCARDED FATHER Douglas Wolfsperger explores a social phenomenon that rarely appears in public discourse: men, who after a separation from their wives, are "disposed of" not only as partners but also as fathers and who - often in vain - struggle to maintain a relationship with their children. In moving interviews, four fathers describe their suffering and efforts to keep contact with their children. A mother justifies the refusal of contact from her point of view. Despite the seriousness of the topic, the film manages to remain entertaining and even delivers an amusing snapshot of German sensitivities and the state of the Republic.