This feature documentary tells the story of three of the last Russian children able to be adopted into an American family - Masha, Vadim and Marcel. After some inevitable teething problems, the children flourish in their new family. The film demonstrates the difference the love of a family can make to a child's development. On January the 1st 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin passed a law banning the adoption of Russian children into American families. Approximately 300 Russian children just like Masha and her brothers have met and started to fall in love with their families, but can no longer complete their adoptions.
Timofey is one of more than 300 children left stranded from his adoptive family by the recent ban on American adoption of Russian children. There is particular concern that those children with disabilities are unlikely to find adoptive parents within Russia.
When director Sarah McCarthy was making The Dark Matter of Love, she had no idea that President Putin was going to pass this law. Suddenly her film became a 90 minute demonstration of what these children are being denied.
The Dark Matter of Love will make its Russian premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival in June
In April 2013 the film screened in conjunction with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, National Council on Adoption, CASE and Cinema for Peace to an audience of policy and decision makers on Capitol Hill. The film makes its Russian premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival in June 2013, accompanied by a petition of over 61,000 signatures. Key Russian policy makers will be in attendance at the screening, as well as American parents waiting to be united with their adopted children. The film then goes onto screen to representatives from 56 nations at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Istanbul in July.
Putin & Obama are due to meet in mid-June
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
In mid-June, president Obama will visit Moscow to meet with President Putin. The adoption ban is not currently on his agenda. The only hope that these families will be able to bring their children home is if Obama raises this issue with Putin. With your help, we can elevate the campaign and put pressure on leading officials to take action.
THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE is currently raising funds through Kickstarter for a screening tour of Russia and the US to raise the profile of the situation. To see their campaign video click here. Please join us in the fight to bring these children home.