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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 process of Masha becoming part of the Diaz family is going to change both girls forever.

Masha is not the only new member of the Diaz family. Cami’s parents, Claudio and Cheryl Diaz, have also adopted five-year old twins, Marcel and Vadim.

The reality of bonding with children who have grown up in institutions turns out to be more difficult than the Diaz’s had ever imagined. Cami resents sharing Cheryl and Claudio, Masha, Marcel and Vadim struggle to relate to their new parents. The family fall apart. They need help. The Diaz’s hire two of the world’s best developmental psychologists to help them rebuild their family - through science.

Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Robert 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 working through Dr. Marvin’s program [The Circle of Security], the Diaz’s are being connected with the latest scientific discoveries into how evolution has hard-wired parents and children to interact in ways that optimize a child’s development.

Dr. Marvin believes that he can help the Diaz’s create an environment in which Masha, Marcel and Vadim can form supportive, loving relationships. But can a scientific program really change the way the Diaz family love each other? Can it help Claudio overcome the strictness inherited from his father? Will it enable Cheryl to confront the over-sensitive parenting style of her mother? Will it encourage Cami to overcome her jealousy and welcome Masha into the family? Does science hold the answers to Masha ever being able to let anyone behind her protective wall?

Will the boys stop making fart jokes for long enough to form any kind of emotional connection with anyone?

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE fuses the story of the Diaz family learning to love with extremely rare archive footage of science experiments that explore parent child love.

The science of love has an intriguing and dark past. Experiments on monkeys, birds and even human children have contributed to science’s knowledge of love’s inner workings. Director Sarah McCarthy weaves extraordinary footage of these experiments into the narrative, drawing audiences deeper into the dark matter of love and encouraging them to look at their own relationships through an unflinching, scientific lens. [More about the Documentary..]

Private Screenings and Trainings

If interested in arranging a showing and/or training for your community, organization or agency, please contact the clinic office at (434) 984-2722 or e-mail Steve Marvin for details.

Selected Previous showings:

    • 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
    • 4/22/13 U.S. Capitol, Wash DC
    • 6/25/13 Moscow Film Festival, Russia
    • 9/11/13 Richmond, VA
    • 10/30/13 Charlottesville, VA
    • 10/2/13 La Crosse, WI 
    • 11/6/13 Stavanger, Norway
    • 11/29/13 Tavistock Clinic, London
    • Winchester, VA 
    • 3/7/14 Salem Film Festival
    • 5/8/14 Northern Virginia