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In the Name of Love
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Thousands of Russian women sign up with agencies to meet and marry American men. From the gray skies of St. Petersburg to sunny California ranches, we see the financial and emotional pros and cons of exporting one's heart. Five Russian women, four of them single mothers, struggle for dignity as they endure male chauvinism, poverty, and culture shock all while searching for love. The film grapples with the tremendous challenges and difficult decisions facing Russian women today.
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"A fine work of documentary filmmaking that tackles a disturbing subject with humor, pathos, and irony." Lizbeth L. Tarlow, PhD, Associate Director Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies Harvard University
"ABSORBING, DISTURBING, and TENDER - all at once." Gina Luria Walker, Chair, Dept. of Social Sciences The New School
"A balanced and insightful work- an engaging alternate view of modern family formation that will greatly enliven classroom discussion." Saskia Subramanian, PhD, Sociologist UCLA Center for the Study of Women
"...an eye opening discussion of the highs and lows of modern love." Dallas Morning News
Shannon ORourke Shannon O'Rourke has been working in non-fiction television for 15 years as a writer-producer-director for networks including CBS, Discovery, A&E, TLC, Lifetime, WE, and TruTV. Shannon's debut documentary, In the Name of Love about Russian mail-order brides, was broadcast on the Discovery Times Channel, was edited by the academy award nominated Yana Gorskaya, and Executive Produced by Sydney Pollack. Shannon's second film, Maybe Baby, follows single women on their road to motherhood, and has won many awards.
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