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Incivility in America

18 Sept 2009. A movie about Charles Darwin that focuses on what affected his views on religion will not be seen in the United States until a distributor is willing to pick up the film.

Creation is based on the book Annie’s Box: Darwin, His Daughter, and Human Evolution by Randal Keynes, a great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin. The movie focuses on Darwin's family life, the gradual erosion of his belief in a world designed by a benevolent creator, and the emergence of his view that natural selection provides a better explanation for all the suffering of the many species on this planet. A trailer for Creation may be viewed by clicking here.

In a one-sentence article about the film, show business editor for the Telegraph Anita Singh wrote: "A British film about Charles Darwin has failed to find a US distributor because his theory of evolution is too controversial for American audiences, according to its producer."

There is a website for the movie, but I can't get it to work unless I disable my firewall: http://creationthemovie.com/. It seems very intelligently designed and it certainly looks pretty.

Eugenie Scott and Roger Ebert have seen the movie, and their words about it, at this point, will have to satisfy those of us who would like to see the real thing.

But...

There's always a but, isn't there?

NBC Bay Area reports that just a few days after the producers were bemoaning their inability to find a distributor in America there is a bidding war going on for the rights to the "controversial" film. Well, it's controversial now, I guess. The director of the film, John Amiel, allegedly told Reuters that "conservative religious and the creationist groups have been so intense on demonizing Darwin that any film which shows him as a real human will likely be viewed as controversial." Is this another example of press manipulation?

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