Attachment can be one of the more challenging aspects of adopting a child from an institution. Often these children experience trauma, profound loss, and have severe difficulties bonding with their adoptive parents. The Dark Matter of Love, a soon-to-be-released documentary, captivatingly documents the struggles the Diaz family faces as they try to connect with their Russian adopted children and make their family whole. Director Sarah McCarthy takes viewers on a visually stunning journey that follows 11-year-old Masha, and 5-year-old twins Marcel and Vadim, as they transition into family life with Claudio and Cheryl Diaz and their biological 14 year old daughter, Cami.
After being raised in state institutions, the young children have difficulty adapting to their new family life and learning to trust their adoptive parents. At the same time, Claudio and Cheryl struggle to find the appropriate balance of parenting styles and often grow frustrated with one another. With the help of Dr. Robert Marvin, an expert on attachment and creator of a therapy program focused on the child-parent relationship, the Diaz’s are able to use hundreds of years worth of science to evolve the way they love. Dr. Marvin’s program uses the latest in scientific research on child psychology to help parents create an environment that is nurturing to child development and enables them to form loving relationships. The film follows the Diaz family for over a year and shows that with time and effort, a family can emerge from a dark journey stronger than ever.
The Dark Matter of Love raises important awareness of the complexities of adopting children from institutions and provides a realistic look at the struggles many families face. NCFA staff found the film to be mesmerizing and shed tears of sadness and happiness as they watched the Diaz family overcome immense challenges and unite as a family.