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Our film joins the fight to allow the 300+ Russian children who have met their American families to complete their adoptions.

So what is the film about?

The film tells the story of three of the last Russian children, Masha (11) and Marcel and Vadim (5), able to be adopted into an American family before Russian President Vladimir Putin banned adoption into the US on January 1st 2013.

Masha and her new Dad
Masha and her new Dad

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. 

Evie is one of the 300 children stuck in the ban
Evie is one of the 300 children stuck in the ban

The film is a powerful demonstration of what children stuck in the ban are being denied - the love of a family.

Russian President Putin bans adoption into the US
Russian President Putin bans adoption into the US

We are raising funds to use the film as an advocacy tool in the fight to bring those children home. You can see a little trailer here:

How Can the Film Help?

Our hope is to raise the profile the situation facing these 300 children, to harness the dissent from across the globe, to raise our voices together so the US and Russian governments hear us when we say - put politics aside and find a way to reunite these families.

We launched our plan with a screening on Capitol Hill in Washington DC in April where we screened to policy and decision makers.

Director Sarah and the Diaz Family at our Capitol Hill Screening
Director Sarah and the Diaz Family at our Capitol Hill Screening

We're screening at the Moscow International Film Festival on June 25th. Families fighting to bring their children home will be able to appeal directly to Russian officials involved in the ban in the spotlight of the Russian press.

Moscow International Film Festival
Moscow International Film Festival
Thousands of Russians 'March Against Scoundrels' in response to the adoption ban
Thousands of Russians 'March Against Scoundrels' in response to the adoption ban

There has been huge outcry in Russia against the law, our screening will be another chance to engage the Russian public with the pipeline cases. The anticipation is already building in the Russian press.

Moscow Times Feature on our Campaign
Moscow Times Feature on our Campaign
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

From there we go on to screen to representatives from 56 nations at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in July. The film will screen immediately before Senator Roger Wicker's resolution on inter-country adoption.

Putin is meeting Obama in June and September
Putin is meeting Obama in June and September

President Obama is scheduled to meet with President Putin in June and September and the adoption ban is not currently on his agenda. 

Through a screening of high profile screenings of the film we intend to harness public outcry against the ban to put pressure on President Obama to fight for these children and their families during his meetings with President Putin.

We partnered with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, The National Council on Adoption and the Center for Adoption Support and Education on our Washington screening and we're in touch with the Senators and Members of Congress active on the issue to ensure we have the most effective campaign strategy.

In July we'll have a summit meeting with all stakeholders and engage a professional lobbyist to write a resolution to be voted on in Congress which urges Obama to use the power of his office to bring these children home.

We can't break their fragile hearts a second time

Close relationships can be difficult for children who have grown up in institutions. In the film Masha allows herself to experience the love of a family for the very first time, but it isn't easy for her.

In this clip from the film, Masha talks about adjusting to her new family.

The thought that 300 children who have already been left in orphanages by their birth parents are going to think they've been abandoned again, just breaks my heart.

I spent two years making the film and I witnessed the effect a families’ love can have on a child’s development. I fell very much in love with the whole Diaz family and Masha and I share a really special bond. 

There was this incredible moment when my crew and I were driving away from the orphanage and Masha ran alongside our van and put her hand on my hand through the glass. 

This little girl who didn’t need anyone was reaching out to me and I’ve never felt anything like it. I was sitting there looking at my camera man just welling up. And that was the start of a really extraordinary friendship. 

Director Sarah McCarthy, Masha, her best friend Tanya and Camera Man Liam
Director Sarah McCarthy, Masha, her best friend Tanya and Camera Man Liam

After the Diaz's met the children they were delayed picking them up because there were some issues with their paperwork and Masha’s orphanage carer told me that Masha had been asking about her new family everyday. Are they still coming to pick me up? Do they still want me?

All these children have ever wanted is a family. That dream comes alive when they meet their new Mum and Dad. And that dream dies when they are caught up in a political situation that has nothing to do with them.

Russian officials from the Ministry of Education are currently deciding whether the new law applies to the 300 children who have already met their families. This is a crucial turning point in each and every one of these children's lives. 

What exactly will the money be spent on?

-To pay for experienced campaign strategists to engage the Obama administration and get the pipelines cases on Obama's agenda during his meetings with Putin.

-To pay for travel and accommodation on our Russian and US tours.

-To upgrade our website so we can stream our Q&A's to as wide an audience as possible

-To create subtitled versions of the film is as many languages as possible to maximise the international pressure on the US & Russian governments.

-To pay the travel expenses of high profile panelists to speak on panels during our screening tour.

-To create and ship the screening materials, tapes, DCP's, Blu Ray's DVD's etc for the tour.

-To pay for advertising in newspapers, magazines, on Facebook, on Twitter and elsewhere online.

-To pay for our marketing and publicity team to help us properly advertise the film.

-To pay for an experienced distribution team to make sure that The Dark Matter of Love is available through all possible outlets, from theaters to Netflix.

Can contributors increase pledges once they have been made?

Absolutely! If you have already contributed, and are signed in to your account, then instead of a green “Back This Project” button on our page, there should be a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click that, and you can enter a new amount or choose a new incentive.

Can I give one of these incentives as a gift?

Gifting an incentive is a wonderful idea! After the campaign, when we message you for details on your incentives, you can then give us the information for the person you wish to gift.

How can I contact you?

You can reach me at info@thedarkmatteroflove.com with any questions you may have. Please be aware I get a lot of emails, so please give it a few days for me to respond!

More Information

You can take a look at our website www.thedarkmatteroflove.com for more information. 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheDarkMatterOfLove  

Twitter: www.twitter.com/darkmatterlove

Once again, thanks for visiting our Kickstarter page – we hope you’re able to support us!

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