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Love Commando

45' (ENG, GER, FRE)
They are the last hope for Indian couples who wish to marry against their parents’ wishes – the men of the Love Commando in New Delhi.

Whosoever clicks on the website lovecommandos.org, will stumble upon a handful of men standing in intimidating military poses. These men provide shelter for runaway couples and for this reason are compelled to protect their headquarters from angry relatives. Sometimes they have to adopt guerrilla tactics and methods of trained operatives to successfully secure the refuge. However, despite their aggressive outward appearances and somewhat militant duties, they are softies at heart. The Love Commandos follows a group of ordinary men on an extraordinary mission: to change their country's archaic views on love, honour and marriage, one couple at a time.

Newspapers in India are often filled with reports of young couples being killed in their villages because they decided to oppose their parents’ will, go against the advice of their elders or rebel against an arranged marriage. The Love Commandos have dedicated themselves to rescuing these unfortunate couples from imminent death. As warriors of the heart, they believe that when hearts flutter and voices chirp with joy, whether one is Hindu or Muslim or from a different caste is rendered irrelevant. It is a battle between two opposing notions of love – a battle fought with violence and determination.
Original Title: Love Commando - Bei den Rettern der Verbotenen Liebe
Year: 2017
Length: 45' (ENG, GER, FRE)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Surabhi Tandon, Florian Hanig
Produced by: Gruppe 5, arte

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