Men: A Love Story

A film by Mimi Chakarova

2016 | 80 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 161187


After spending nearly a decade as a journalist documenting young women sold as slaves into the sex trade, award winning filmmaker Mimi Chakarova (THE PRICE OF SEX) sets out on a journey across the United States to explore how men feel about women and love. Piecing together a rich tapestry of vignettes, woven from stories shared by men of different races, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds, Chakarova weaves a stunningly honest and unapologetic portrayal of masculinity in America. With a diverse set of subjects from tiny blues bars of the Deep South to hedge funds of Manhattan and from ranchers in New Mexico to farmers in the Midwest, MEN: A LOVE STORY is a poignant and at times unforgettable dark comedy that reveals a deeper multilayered understanding of maleness, sexuality and gender performance in America today.


“The topic of love is a tough one to shred, but it seems to be the next logical step in finding out what men think about women and love."

Mission Local

"a beautiful and candid exploration of the ways in which ordinary men grapple with the most unfathomable of experiences: love."

Mara Fortes Telluride Film Festival

"Chakarova, in these serendipitous encounters, demonstrates the deep beauty of tuning into the stories hidden in everyday life."

Mara Fortes Telluride Film Festival


Mimi Chakarova

For the past 15 years, photographer and filmmaker Mimi Chakarova has covered global issues examining conflict, corruption and the sex trade. Her film "The Price of Sex," a feature-length documentary on trafficking and corruption, was awarded the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York. She was also the winner of the prestigious Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and a Dart Awards Finalist for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. Chakarova continued on to direct, shoot and produce another two feature films. "Men: A Love Story" premiered at the renowned Telluride Film Festival in 2016. Chakarova is currently directing "Still I Rise," a documentary series that celebrates people who persevere in spite of adversity. Chakarova is the recipient of the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for outstanding work in documentary photography and the Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award for her work on sex trafficking. Other awards include a People's Voice Webby as well as a nomination for a News & Documentary Emmy Award. Chakarova's work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The Sunday Times Magazine, London, CBS News' "60 Minutes," CNN World, BBC World, Al Jazeera English, PBS' FRONTLINE/World and the Center for Investigative Reporting among others. In 2007, Chakarova became the series curator of FRONTLINE/World's FlashPoint, featuring the work of photojournalists from around the world. Chakarova taught visual storytelling at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism for 14 years. She's also taught at Stanford University's African and African American Studies and Comparative Studies for Race and Ethnicity.

"Capitalism, God, And A Good Cigar: Cuba Enters The Twenty-first Century", published by Duke University Press in 2005, features over 75 of Chakarova's documentary photographs of Cuba. Mimi Chakarova received her BFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her MA in visual studies from UC Berkeley. She has had numerous solo exhibitions of her documentary projects on South Africa, Jamaica, Cuba, Kashmir and Eastern Europe.

Listen to Mimi Chakarova on the Kitchen Sisters Podcast. (5/18)


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