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Children of Gaia (1998)

Gaias børn (original title)
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The birth of a deformed child has always evoked strong feelings. Reactions range from awe, curiosity and compassion to fear, repulsion and plain aggression. Our fearful fascination of the ... See full summary »

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The birth of a deformed child has always evoked strong feelings. Reactions range from awe, curiosity and compassion to fear, repulsion and plain aggression. Our fearful fascination of the disfigured has its roots way back in our collective history. With a piquant touch of humour and irony, well known disabled British actor Nabil Shaban takes us on a spell-binding journey through history, a journey just now and then interrupted by four intelligent, interesting, dignified personalities who let us look behind and beyond their unusual facades to tell their personal stories. The film takes us from antiquity, when deformed human beings were role models for Greek and Roman Gods, via the Middle Ages, which were dominated by attempts to find "natural" explanations typical of the Age of Reason. We visit the Victorian world of side-show freaks and eventually end up in Germany during the Second World War in Hitler's horror regime with its extreme theories for the improvement of the human race ... Written by Anonymous

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An excellent docu on a controversial subject!
23 September 2001 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This documentary is the ultimate statement on physical abnormality. It is both shocking, poetic and matter-of-fact. Ingeniously hosted by (the disabled)British actor Nabil Shaban, the programme in itself seems to hover over its subject as Gaia herself.


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