About the project

From the moment we got engaged and set a wedding date, we began thinking about the reasons we chose one another. What was so special about this relationship that we decided to spend our lives together? Would our love be the same if we were born in another time or at another place? What is love exactly? Driven by those questions, we decided to embark on a one year journey around the world to research whether love, one of the highest values in our lives, is universal, or it is completely conditioned by the circumstances around us. In the past year, we traveled to 30 countries over five continents and collected more than 120 interviews with different couples, individuals, and collectives, all of them sharing their thoughts on love, relationships, marriage, divorce…

Deep in the Indian Himalayas we talked with couples in polyandric marriages (where a woman has multiple husbands); we interviewed couples in the same-sex relationships in Iran, country where homosexuality is still illegal; in Amazonas, the Matis people explained how polygamy has been the best way to preserve their culture after Western diseases killed roughly a third of their population; in Kenya, Samburu women explained how they decided to create a ‘Women Only’ village after being in violent relationships. We found extraordinary stories all over the world, each of them specific and special in its own way. All of those stories will be part of a documentary film we are making, as well as a book, called ‘Love Around The World’. In the film and the book, we want to portray humanity through one of its greatest values – love.

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After Anđel and Davor got married, they took off on an unusual honeymoon – for a year they travelled around the world and explored love in various cultures. Their journey took them across six continents and 30 countries, from the Bushmen in the deserts of Africa, to modern couples in the biggest global metropoleis; from the traditional polygamous harems, to the modern polyamorous communities; from hunters and gatharers in the Amazon rainforest, to the hunters and gatherers from faraway paradise islands of the Pacific; from those who have never found love, to those who found everything in love. They talked with world-renonved scholars and traversing many challenges, they took a closer look at their own relatioships as well – all to find out what love is and whether it is universal. The result, in the words of the editor Kruno Lokotar, “a book that heals with love and a book that tries to heal love.”

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