Family Portrait in Black and White
Olga Nenya, from a small Ukrainian town, is raising sixteen black orphans in a country of Slavic blue-eyed blonds. The reality of growing up as a bi-racial child in Eastern Europe, a rare and truly visible minority, is not for the faint of heart. While Olga is on a crusade to save her children from the unjust world, she is also determined to shape their future according to her own, sometimes limited vision.
Modern day dating can be a real headache. For men with little experience or those burned by an ugly divorce, the idea of looking for a wife in a foreign country, known for its solid family values, seems like a viable solution. Come on this personal journey with ANASTASIA DATING TOURS! Ten men are determined to find a spouse during their trip to the city of Odessa, Ukraine. They have only ten days but countless opportunities to meet the right woman or fall for a scammer in this land of stunning beauties. Not all men are losers and not all women are gold diggers, but the abundance of romantic opportunities brings out the best and the worst in human nature.
Julia Ivanova, a documentary film director, cinematographer and editor, grew up in Moscow and was trained at the Russian Film Institute (VGIK). After immigrating to Canada, Julia made a number of films on the topics of minori ties, orphanhood and search for love. She feels a deep commitment to making films that break individual and societal perceptions. Among others, the titles include “Fatherhood Dreams” (2007) - a film about gay fathers and their children; “Love Translated” (2010) - a journey into the world of Dating Tours to Eastern Europe; and “Family Portrait in Black and White” (2011), a story of black Ukrainian orphans and their foster mother, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won many international awards, including Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs Film Festival 2011. Her films were shown on CBC, Global, Knowledge Network, Discovery, PBS, many international channels.
High Five: a Suburban Adoption Saga(completed in October 2012)Family Portrait in Black and White (2011)Love Translated (2010)True Love or Marriage Fraud (2010)Fatherhood Dreams (2007)Moscow Freestyle (2005)From Russia, For Love (2001)
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