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Country: UKRAINE, CANADA
Language: Ukrainian, Russian, Italian, English
Run Time: 99 minutes
How many kids are too many? Meet Olga Nenya, a Ukrainian foster mother who has invited into her home nearly 20 unwanted orphans. This FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE is controversial not only for the sheer number of kids living in one impoverished household, but also for the fact that many of these orphans are bi-racial—the equivalent of social pariahs in Ukraine. Although each child is a full Ukrainian citizen, having been born and raised there, the rest of the country aggressively views them as outsiders who don't belong. Because of this, they are often uneducated and underfed. Yet Olga continues to open her door to each of these innocent children—feeding them, clothing them, and making sure they do their chores. But does a mother's love truly know no boundaries, or is Olga spreading herself too thin, harboring children in an unsafe environment in which they can never reach their full potential? (In Ukrainian with subtitles) – M.M.
Monday, March 26, 2012 at 1:55 PM
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 9:10 PM
Standing Up Competition
Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
"From Russia, For Love" (2000), "I Want a Woman" (2003), "Moscow Freestyle" (2006), "Fatherhood Dreams" (2007), "Love Translated" (2010), FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE (2011)
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
François Cluzet, Omar Sy