THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE
Sponsored by: Robert D. Murphy Associates Inc. & Thai Place
Directed by Sarah McCarthy
Eleven year old Masha Kulabokhova is about to be adopted into fourteen year old Cami Diaz’s family. Masha grew up in a Russian orphanage; Cami was born and raised in Wisconsin and has been the exclusive focus of her parents’ love her whole life. THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE follows Masha as she leaves Russia to spend her first year as part of the Diaz family, who’ve also adopted five year old twin boys Marcel and Vadim.
When the reality of bonding with children who have grown up in institutions turns out to be more difficult than they ever imagined, the Diaz’s hire two of the world’s best developmental psychologists to help them build their new family through science, including Dr. Robert Marvin. Dr Marvin has spent a lifetime developing a world-renowned therapy program that draws upon the past 100 years of scientific discoveries in the field of parent child love. By connecting the Diaz’s with his research, Dr. Marvin believes that he can help them create an environment in which Masha, Marcel and Vadim can form supportive, loving relationships.
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE melds the story of the Diaz family learning to love with rare archive footage of science experiments exploring the love between parents and children.