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In My Father's House

World Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA | 93 MINUTES | English |


Female Director(s), Documentary, Music, NY Director(s)
Inspired by nostalgia and a romantic idea of family legacy, hip-hop artist and songwriter Che "Rhymefest" Smith decides to purchase his childhood home on Chicago’s South Side and raise his new family in the same house where he grew up. He quickly discovers that his estranged father is a homeless alcoholic living only blocks away, and hesitantly sets out to reconnect with the man who abandoned him over twenty years ago. Soon Che finds that fatherhood is more complicated than his idealized version allowed him to believe.

Esteemed documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg bring a perceptive sensitivity to their stirring, multigenerational character study, at the same time offering a thoughtful examination of contemporary black fatherhood on an individual and community level. Constructed from home movies, archival photographs, and verité footage shot over the course of a year, In My Father’s House is an intimate chronicle of Che's sincere but often-fraught journey to build a future for his own family by reconnecting with his traumatic past. .

—Cara Cusumano


Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg

TFF Alumni Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg are multi-award-winning producers and directors best known for Knuckleball!, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, The Devil Came On Horseback, The Trials of Darryl Hunt, and Burma Soldier.
Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg, Pax Wassermann
Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg
Pax Wassermann, Tim K. Smith
Jameka Autry
Charles Miller
Paul Brill
Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Brian Tillman, Donnie Smith


Print Source
Ricki Stern
Break Thru Films
New York, 10001
Phone: 212 675 6568
US Sales Contact
John Sloss
Cinetic Media
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 2122047979