A.R.M. Around Moscow

A.R.M. Around Moscow (1994) documents the American dating service A.R.M. (American-Russian Matchmaking) as it attempts to bring American men together with Russian women. When it becomes clear that “writing, phoning and faxing just isn’t enough,” the Los Angeles-based A.R.M. brings its American members on a tour to Moscow where they meet 500 Russian women in 10 days. Co-produced with Jeanne C. Finley. Included in 1995 Whitney Biennial Exhibition.

“A.R.M. Around Moscow follows a handful of Russian women looking for a
better life and American men seeking the ideal wife. No one gets quite
what they expect. This film was shot in the early years of Perestroika and
offers rare portraits of individuals jockeying for roles on a new economic
stage. Consider ARM Around Moscow required viewing for students of Russian
history, US gender relations, and affairs of the heart.”

— Richard Linklater, Filmmaker
“At its heart, A.R.M. Around Moscow is about a new US export: the feminist backlash. Whereas the Russian women yearn for liberation from an uncertain future, the American men look to a past when they were armed for domination.”

— Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archive


To purchase A.R.M. Around Moscow, contact the filmmaker at gretchen@gretchenstoeltje.com