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Film Info
Festival Programs:Documentaries
Films by Women
BIPOC Stories
Release Year:2024
Runtime:107 min
Print Source:Netflix
Women Directors
Social Justice
Criminal Justice
Director:Angela Patton
Natalie Rae
Executive Producer:Angela Patton
Jessica Seinfeld
Joel Edgerton
Lydia Kives
Jackie Bisbee
Lance Acord
Harland Weiss
Dom Thomas
J.M. Harper
Morgan Clement
Hallee Adelman
Producer:Natalie Rae
Lisa Mazzotta
Justin Benoliel
Mindy Goldberg
Sam Bisbee
Kathryn Everett
Laura Choi Raycroft
James Cunningham
Cinematographer:Michael Cambio Fernandez
Editor:Troy Lewis
Adelina Bichis
Composer:Kelsey Lu


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.

“An enormously moving documentary made all the more effective by co-directors Angela Patton and Natalie Rae’s steadfast refusal to settle for easy sentiment in the face of difficult outcomes.” –David Ehrlich, IndieWire