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Love & Diane
A film by Jennifer Dworkin
2002, 155 minutes, Color, 35mm/DVD
Order No. W03814
Jennifer Dworkin’s groundbreaking documentary LOVE & DIANE presents a searingly honest and moving examination of poverty, welfare and drug rehabilitation in the United States today. Filmed in New York City over a five-year period, Dworkin documents the struggles of three generations of the Hazzard family as they face a myriad of emotional, financial and personal challenges.

LOVE & DIANE is at its heart a highly charged story about a mother and daughter searching for love, redemption and hope for a new future. While caught in a devastating cycle of teen pregnancy and the bureaucracy of an over burdened welfare system, they demonstrate an inspiring resiliency and ability to find strength during the most desperate times. Without falling into stereotypes of welfare and poverty, LOVE & DIANE casts a fair, non-judgmental eye on the Hazzard’s and presents a forgotten, but very real, side of the American experience.

This film is a presentation of the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).


113 minute version is also available. Please specify a request for the 113 minute version in the “special instructions/comments” field of the online order form when placing your order.



AWARDS, FESTIVALS, & SCREENINGS

  • PRISM Award Nominee
  • Independent Spirit Award - DirectTV/IFC Truer Than Fiction Award
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • The New York Film Festival
  • Locarno International Film Festival - Golden Leopard
  • One World International Film Festival - Best Documentary
  • IDFA, International Documentarty Film Festival Amsterdam
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • Cinema Du Reel Film Festival
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Dallas Video Festival
  • Nashville Independent Film Festival
  • Film de Femmes International Film Festival
  • Get Reel Black Film Festival
  • Boston Women's Film Festival

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QUOTES

    "This epic documentary is destined to become one of the touchstones of American nonfiction cinema."
    New York Film Festival

    " Love and Diane is sheer exhilaration, a movie of awesome emotional power and devastating social relevance...such a richly humanizing experience. It is vital, necessary film that deserves the widest possible audience"
    Nathan Lee
    The Sun, NY

    "...tremendous emotional force and uncompromising honesty…Dworkin brilliantly uses …form to involve the viewer in a warts-and-all complexity that confounds facile judgment, while creating the frustrating slowness of a system of social services that often nurtures the very ill it attempts to cure"
    Ronnie Scheib
    Variety

    " Jennifer Dworkin's compelling documentary immerses you so intensely in the problems of the Hazzards...that by the end of its two and a half hours you feel almost like a member of the household."
    Stephen Holden
    The New York Times

    "Forget about The Bachelor, Fear Factor and Survivor. Love & Diane is the real deal in reality TV. Shot over ten years by first-time filmmaker Jennifer Dworkin, the PBS ...illustrates the seismic effects of addiction, poverty, abandonment and often-abusive foster care."
    Akiba J. Solomon
    Essence

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