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Family Portrait in Black and White (2012)

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Olga Nenya has 27 children. Four of them, now adults, are her biological children; the other 23 are adopted or foster children. Of those 23, 16 are biracial. She calls them "my chocolates," and is raising them to be patriotic Ukrainians. Some residents of Sumy, Ukraine, consider Olga a saint, but many believe she is simply crazy. An inheritance from the Soviet era, a stigma persists here against interracial relationships, and against children born as the result of romantic encounters between Ukrainian girls and exchange students from Africa. For more than a decade, Olga has been picking up the black babies left in Ukrainian orphanages and raising them together so that they may support and protect one another. The filmmakers interview Neo-Nazis in Ukraine reveals the real dangers for a dark-skinned individual in the street. These white supremacist youth joke about their evening raids and how police seem to let them do it. Prosecutors are not particularly determined to give strict sentences to racially motivated crimes, and young thugs can get away with probation for beating someone nearly to death. Olga sends her foster children to stay with host families in France and Italy in the summers and over Christmas, where they are cared for by charitable families who have committed to helping disadvantaged Ukrainian youth since the Chernobyl disaster. Olga's kids now speak different languages, and the older girls chat in fluent Italian with each other even while cooking a vat of borscht. But Olga doesn't believe in international adoption and has refused to sign adoption papers from host families that wanted to adopt her kids. "At least when the kids grow up, they'll have a mother to blame for all the failures that will happen in their lives," she says.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: July 13th, 2012 (Limited) by First Pond Entertainment
Running Time: 85 minutes
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Keywords: Bigotry, Adopted Family, Foster Family
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Interfilm Productions, Knowledge, EQHD
Production Countries: Russian Federation


Olga Nenya    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Julia Ivanova
Cinematographer    Julia Ivanova
Editor    Julia Ivanova
Producer    Boris Ivanov
Associate Producer    Mike Jackson
Cinematographer    Stanislav Shakhov
Composer    Boris Sichon

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