What is love? A question most of us asked ourselves at least once in our lifetime… Anđela and Davor, a newly married couple from Croatia, decided to turn their honeymoon into a year-long exploration of possible answers to this question. On this journey, they talked to more than 200 people in 30 countries on 6 continents. And after coming home, they transformed this inspiring experience into a documentary and a book showing all the complexity of love in the 21st century.
For a whole year they traveled the world interviewing different couples on the meaning of love. They visited fresh couples as well as those who celebrated their diamond anniversary, they visited same-sex couples and heterosexual couples, they visited people in traditional polygamous and those in modern polyamory relationships. They talked to people who married themselves, people who have divorced, people whose spouses had died and those who are still searching for that special someone. And all of them were asked a similar set of questions – how they met, how they felt in the beginning of their relationship, how they would describe their feelings now, what they expect from their partners, what are their strengths, what are their weaknesses, how they approach problems and fights, and finally – what love means to them. On their way, they have also talked to scientists who research love in different fields, such as neuroscience, biology, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.
The book ‘Love Around the World’ came out about a year after Davor and Anđela’s journey and quickly won the hearts of readers.
The film ‘Love Around the World’ had its TV premiere in France and Germany on Arte TV, on Valentine’s Day. The theater premiere was held in Zagreb, Croatia after which the film went on a tour around Croatia and further, delighting the audience at every show.
The Complete Story
For the complete story of ‘Love Around the World’ we recommend exploring both the book and the film, which complement each other and only together do they create an incredible mosaic of this unique project!
The book ‘Love Around the World’ navigates the history and evolution of love through interviews with scientists and social scientists. Different perspectives and theories of love are presented from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, biology, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy. Each chapter explores a different aspect of love, such as marriage, romantic love, identity in love, and the future of love, while presenting it through real love stories as told by the people interviewed. Using photography and short captions, the book presents all the couples, individuals, and collectives that Davor and Anđela met and interviewed during their journey.
The film ‘Love Around the World’ focuses on a smaller number of love stories and explores them in depth. Unlike the book, the film does not illustrate scientific theories of love, but allows real people and their experiences to guide us through all the phases of relationship, so creating a complex story which attests that we can all find ourselves in love and that love is what connects us, regardless of our differences.