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Character-driven story of the politics and motivations behind the school board decision to challenge the teaching of evolution in Kansas public schools. Kansas educators and scientists ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Steve Abrams ...
Himself - Kansas School Board (as Steve Abrams DVM)
Mustafa Akyol ...
Himself - Witness
Michael Behe ...
Himself...Witness (as Michael J. Behe Ph. D.)
Ken Bingman ...
Himself - Kansas Citizens for Science
Robert Bowden ...
Himself - Kansas Citizen for Science (as Robert Bowden Ph. D.)
Nancy Bryson ...
Herself...Witness (as Nancy Bryson Ph. D.)
John Calvert ...
Himself - Counsel
Russell Carlson ...
Himself - Witness (as Russell Carlson Ph.D.)
Gary Conrad ...
Himself - Kansas Citizen for Science (as Gary Conrad Ph.D.)
Roger DeHart ...
Himself - Witness
Robert DiSilvestro ...
Himself - Witness (as Robert DiSilvestro Ph. D.)
Daniel Ely ...
Himself - Witness (as Daniel Ely Ph. D.)
Sue Gamble ...
Herself - Kansas School Board
Jill E. Gonzalez Bravo ...
Herself - Witness
Robert Hagen ...
Himself - Kansas Citizen for Science (as Robert Hagen Ph.D.)
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Character-driven story of the politics and motivations behind the school board decision to challenge the teaching of evolution in Kansas public schools. Kansas educators and scientists organize a worldwide boycott of the hearings, which some say confuses the issues. Participating school board members admit they don't believe in evolution at the outset and some admit they don't understand the science presented by the witnesses. All witnesses brought in by Intelligent Design Network. Film shows both sides with in-depth, revealing interviews and 3-camera coverage of the hearings. Written by Jeff Tamblyn

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A Documentary about the Kansas Evolution Hearings.


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Informative and witty
16 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is a slick, witty documentary on the Kansas Board of Education's 2005 vote on whether or not to allow intelligent design theories to be taught in the state's public schools alongside theories of evolution. The filmmakers do a great job of neatly presenting the main arguments and key players on both sides, and nicely deflate the tension by allowing humor to the come to the fore. Both sides are shown as intelligent, with well-formulated arguments, and yet also prove to be obstinate, self-deluding and prone to bullying and name-calling. It's informative, and in a way also quite depressing, becoming a sad, mocking document of this seemingly interminable discussion. Given the nature of the format, which is a basically a condensed record and play-by-play analysis of a pseudo-courtroom debate, the doc can be a bit talk-heavy and lag in places. Its impact may also be diminished by the Kansas BoE's 2007 decision to overturn the verdict. It is ripe for creating post-screening discussion.


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