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DADS: A Documentary on Fatherhood and Paternity Leave

DADS: A Documentary on Fatherhood and Paternity Leave

Dove Men+Care partnered with Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard to create DADS, a feature-length documentary exploring modern fatherhood. Bringing attention to the critical role fathers play and the importance of paternity leave, the film is an unfiltered and humorous look at being a dad. 

The story we’re telling

From those first bonding moments, to parenting advice from real fathers – DADS is a powerful snapshot into how the role of a father has changed over time. Told through the eyes of a few well-known comedians and extraordinary everyday dads around the world, the film includes moving interviews from the likes of Judd Apatow, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Ron Howard, Reed Howard, Ken Jeong, Jimmy Kimmel, Hasan Minhaj, Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, Will Smith, and Kenan Thompson.

DADS will be Bryce Dallas Howard’s documentary directing debut – with the feature being unveiled at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Through our research, we’ve found that fathers around the world aren’t taking their full paternity leave, even in countries where they have access to paid leave – the documentary, DADS, champions a new narrative around fatherhood. We hope that by sharing these remarkable stories of fathers from all walks of life, we can help to spread awareness for the importance of paternity leave and the impact that engaged dads can have on their families and society.


Our dedication to paid family leave

We believe that every dad should have the option to take paid family leave – that’s why we’re donating 100% of the profits from DADS to our Paternity Leave Fund. Our initiative helps to fund paternity leave for real dads so that they can be there in the beginning – and enjoy those priceless early bonding moments.

We’ve also created our Pledge for Paternity Leave – an initiative to help encourage better policies for families around paid leave in the U.S. We want to prove there’s a public demand for paid leave and help make a meaningful change for families across the country. Click here to sign our Paternity Leave Pledge – the first step in supporting fathers to take paid family leave. 

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