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The Real Eve
The Real Eve
Actor: Danny Glover
Director: Andrew Piddington
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2002     1hr 43min


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Actor: Danny Glover
Director: Andrew Piddington
Creators: Roger Eaton, Tony Palmer, Harry Yates, Paul Ashton
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, History
Studio: Live / Artisan
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/20/2002
Original Release Date: 04/21/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 04/21/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Fascinating and Compelling -- A Must See!
The DIVA | Los Angeles, CA United States | 03/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I highly recommend this work!!! Two-thumbs up. It's possibly the best piece of work on the genealogy and evolution of humans I have seen in my lifetime. By researching and explaining the migration of modern humans from Africa throughout the rest of the world the research completely challenges our whole notion of RACE since it proves that we are all related somehow -- every single person on the planet can trace at least part of their mitochondrial DNA back to one small group of ancestors in Africa. At first it was hard to believe that someone who is phenotypically European or Asian could descend from someone who is African but the film does a solid job of using cinematography to recreate and explain the evolution of man over thousands of years. The use of indigenous people in the film from Eastern Africans to the Samang in Malaysia was brilliant. The director and producer make the events so real that you feel like you are there when it is actually happening. Danny Glover was a great choice to narrarate the film. One of the highlights of the film was when scientists randomly tested the DNA of 6 ethnically diverse Americans in Chicago and were able to link a Greek emigre and a Cree, Native American man by a common ancestor that existed 30,000 yrs ago using genetic markers. At no other time in the history of man have we had the scientific know-how to do this and DNA is 99.9% reliable evidence. I would love to see a sequel to the film that explores further the notion of this global expansion and evolution. How did changes in hair texture, culture, and languages come about over time as our ancestors migrated from one continent or country to another? I would also like them to interview people who've had their DNA tested -- like what it revealed and how it impacted their lives."
Excellent video!
The DIVA | 05/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video is remarkable! If your interested in how we evolved as a race and as beings, you'll love this. This documentary clearly will rewrite science books as we know it if taken seriously. I don't not recommend this DVD to people without an open mind, because you will simply refuse to believe. The tests and scientific evidence in this video are shocking and to know we all evolved from one common ancestor is something you'll find facisnating. Danny Glover is an excellent choice to narrate and the visuals are outstanding. A must for all who have questioned where we came from!"
Entertaining and educational
Susan L. | Birmingham, AL United States | 10/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD. I had seen the program on the Discovery Channel and could not wait to own it. I believe that the makers of this film did a wonderful job of presenting the theory of mitochondrial Eve to the common man. As a future educator I plan on using this film as a teaching resource to illustrate to students one theory of the origin of modern man and their spread out of Africa to the rest of the world. Even if someone does not believe the theory presented in this film it holds its own as entertainment as well as a piece of informative media."
Fascinating story; irritating presentation
bennfuji | tokyo, japan | 03/13/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The basic thesis is fascinating and very convincing; and not only because, in its broadest outline, actually very simple. With more data the story will surely become more complicated and perhaps less susceptible to documentary treatment. This is why I found 'The Real Eve' something of a disappointment.

Perhaps on the assumption that the audience would not be able to follow the science, we are treated to a very extended infomercial complete with gravel voiced commentary, kaleidoscopic special effects and rather corny dramatic reconstructions of fatal confrontations between rival stone-age humans. But this is an idea which doesn't need to be 'sold', just explained; and a lay audience doesn't need to be beguiled, merely informed.

Read the book: in 'The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa' (published in the UK as 'Out of Eden'), Stephen Oppenheimer tells the same basic story with much greater clarity much more convincingly."