about the documentary

In America, the path to marriage can seem predetermined: We meet, we date, we fall in love, we marry.  But what happens elsewhere, when relationships form in different ways and love is not a foregone conclusion?  In this premiere episode of CULTURE SHOCK, a team of young filmmakers makes a journey to discover the world of dating, sex and marriage, from a lavish wedding among Moscow’s nouveau riche to a mistress village in China where wealthy businessmen support secret second families.  They delve deep into the private lives of people around the world – from a man in India selecting his future bride out of a stack of pictures to a woman in Moscow whose husband led a secret, deadly life.  This show expands our concept of what defines a relationship and what connects us across the globe.

Aired: July 22, 2012
Station: OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
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