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Directed by Robert “Fleetwood” Bowden,

Zephaniahis gripping documentary showing the challenges of embracing the responsibilities of fatherhood and the amazing unforgettable joy of the journey. The project provides an in-depth look into the relationship between a father and his toddler daughter. It also explores why fathers abandon their children.

“The goal of this film is to ignite a fire in fathers whom have abandoned their children and give them the desire to reunite with their children,” Bowden says. “Another goal is to thank the fathers who stuck around to raise their children, even if the parents weren’t able to remain together as a couple.


There is a new documentary film being directed by Robert ” Fleetwood” Bowden entitled ZEPHANIAH, and it is based on embracing the responsibilities of fatherhood and the joy that comes with the journey.  In the project, Fleetwood will take an in-depth look into the relationship between a father and his toddler daughter.  He will also explore why so many fathers abandon their children, and how the system plays a part in separating households.  This documentary film also takes time out to salute and honor single mothers, while paying homage to them for maintaining the households of America and raising our future.  The goal of this film is to ignite a fire in fathers whom have abandoned their children and give them the desire to reunite with their children. Another goal of this documentary film is to thank the fathers who stuck around to raise their children, even if the parents weren’t able to remain together as a couple.  This is a healing project for a wound that cuts deeply into the households of so many communities.

This project is filled with the truth, and the truth doesn’t lie.  This is a film focused on love and our future, while stressing the fact that we need strong willed men to raise our sons and guide our daughters.  This documentary will create discussion and encourage outreach, which can only end up in the reunion of a family and an increase of strength within our community.


Director’s Statement – Robert “Fleetwood” Bowden

About a year ago, I did something crazy. I actually listened to the little voice in my head that kept whispering, “It’s time to make a documentary.” The thought found it’s way to my vocal chords, and then slipped out into the world with a frightening and bold proclamation: I am going to make a documentary. Once the words were on the loose, there was no turning back.
After a 20 year career in the music business,and self publishing two national best selling books i knew it was time to upgrade my art once again .Now it was time to attack the visual presentation of the entertainment business.My first was about  a beautiful rose as it grows from the  concrete  teh story of a girls high school basketball team from Oakland ,CA entitled “I JUST WANNA BALL”. Now i’m back to embark on my third project our  hope is to use this film as a healing tool and ignite a fire in our fathers worldwide to reunite with their children and at the same time salute and honor the single mothers who have been raising our future


Directors Bio: FLEETWOOD

An accomplished author, rap artist, producer, actor, and activist,  Robert “Fleetwood” Bowden has been referred to as a torchbearer in the fight to eradicate recidivism.  Ex-offender turned Founder and Director of The Homeboy Hotline, Fleetwood is committed to the plight of formerly incarcerated individuals and helping them to establish the resources necessary to cultivate a productive life in free society.  Specifically, the Homeboy Hotline is a re-entry program which seeks to assist ex-offenders in their transition back into the community in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His accomplishments earned Fleetwood an appointment by the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco to the Re-entry Council of San Francisco.  

After earning an Associate Arts Degree in Music Engineering from Music Tech in Minneapolis, Fleetwood went on to publish three books; Hip Hop Tried 2 Kill Me (National Best Seller), Bloodtest, and Daddy was Uh Mobsta.  Fleetwood made his directorial debut with the documentary, I JUST WANNA BALL; The story of the 2013 Lady Warriors of McClymonds High School Girls basketball team in Oakland, California, who were crowned champions after 37 years.  The real victory, however, was the triumphs the players were able to overcome off the court.  In early 2015,  Fleetwood released his second film, DA COTTON PICKAS;  the intergenerational story of a sharecropper, the effects of sharecropping and its impact on contemporary society.  Both films incorporate soundtracks with powerful songs written, performed and produced by Fleetwood.  The second installment of DA COTTON PICKAS film series  (GIMMIE-REPARATIONS) is currently in production. Other creative projects include a narrative television series based on his experiences with The Homeboy Hotline. Fleetwood in 2019 will be debuting his latest film project entitled ” Zephaniah” it is based on embracing the responsibilities of fatherhood and the joy that comes with the journey.  In the project, Fleetwood will take an in-depth look into the relationship between a father and his toddler daughter.  He will also explore why so many fathers abandon their children, and how the system plays a part in separating households.  This documentary film also takes time out to salute and honor single mothers, while paying homage to them for maintaining the households of America and raising our future.  The goal of this film is to ignite a fire in fathers whom have abandoned their children and give them the desire to reunite with their children.

Fleetwood is a sought-after performance artist, consultant, and motivational speaker.  Currently, Fleetwood is working closely with communities and organizations in New York, Texas, and Arizona to nationally expand services offered by Homeboyhotline.org.   Fleetwood works from his home in Tempe, Arizona.

To contact or learn more about Fleetwood:
Robert Bowden on Facebook  Robert Bowden IG: Fleetwoodsf

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