When a nine-year-old OLGA is adopted from a small Russian orphanage,
she must leave her beloved older brother behind, with little
chance of ever seeing him again. LERA, 7, is torn by the loyalty
to her birth mother and conflicting feelings toward her new North
American family. We are witness to the girls' laughter and tears
as well as the despair and the miracles which will change their
young lives forever.
Shot over 3 years, From Russia, For Love follows the story of
older Russian children who are adopted by North American families.
We examine their memories, losses, attachments and wounds as
the process unfolds. Rather than intrude, the camera merely records
- capturing moments of both tenderness and confusion, tension
and compassion. Documentary filmmaker Julia Ivanova, an adoption
coordinator herself, is allowed unprecedented access to Russia's
orphanage system, the children's lives, and intimate moments
with the new families.
The film is full of unexpected twists, as it follows Olga and
Lera on their emotional journey. This documentary has been broadcast
in over 26 countries with much acclaim and public interest.
AVAILABLE FOR EDUCATIONAL USE: Review by Marianne
Eimer, SUNY at Fredonia Lib. - Library
From Russia, For Love follows Canadian families
who excitedly come to Russia to adopt little girls. Both of the
are older, having lived with relatives prior to arriving at the
orphanage, and both have emotional issues. Through skillful interviewing
of the parents, children, family members left behind, and orphanage
employees, the film shares the myriad joys and fears experienced
by these adoptive families. Documenting important issues for
prospective adoptive parents such as language barriers and bonding
problems, the film provides in-depth coverage of both families’ periods
of adjustment over two years. The Russian interviewer is able
to converse easily with the children; English-language subtitles
document all comments. This quality production focuses on experiences
that may be typical for families attempting a Russian adoption
and will appeal to a general audience.