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Kansas vs. Darwin (2007)

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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Jeff Tamblyn
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Steve Abrams Steve Abrams ... Himself - Kansas School Board (as Steve Abrams DVM)
Mustafa Akyol Mustafa Akyol ... Himself - Witness
Michael Behe Michael Behe ... Himself...Witness (as Michael J. Behe Ph. D.)
Ken Bingman Ken Bingman ... Himself - Kansas Citizens for Science
Robert Bowden Robert Bowden ... Himself - Kansas Citizen for Science (as Robert Bowden Ph. D.)
Nancy Bryson Nancy Bryson ... Herself...Witness (as Nancy Bryson Ph. D.)
John Calvert John Calvert ... Himself - Counsel
Russell Carlson Russell Carlson ... Himself - Witness (as Russell Carlson Ph.D.)
Gary Conrad Gary Conrad ... Himself - Kansas Citizen for Science (as Gary Conrad Ph.D.)
Roger DeHart Roger DeHart ... Himself - Witness
Robert DiSilvestro Robert DiSilvestro ... Himself - Witness (as Robert DiSilvestro Ph. D.)
Daniel Ely Daniel Ely ... Himself - Witness (as Daniel Ely Ph. D.)
Sue Gamble Sue Gamble ... Herself - Kansas School Board
Jill E. Gonzalez Bravo Jill E. Gonzalez Bravo ... Herself - Witness
Robert Hagen 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Clay Center, Kansas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Unconditional Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color (MiniDV)

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1.78 : 1
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A Great Recap of the Evolution, Intelligent Design Issue
25 February 2009 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

"Kansas vs. Darwin" is a documentary covering the debates in Kansas between intelligent design and evolution, and which should be taught in Kansas schools. The film is thorough in covering the proceedings and interviewing more or less everyone involved.

The film, which I saw during a "Darwin Day 2009" presentation, is amazing in that it does a great job remaining neutral. I personally thought it slightly favored the evolution believers, particularly Jack Krebs of the Kansas Citizens for Science, but this may simply be because I agree with them and found many of the intelligent design arguments to be -- frankly -- stupid. While some of the intelligent design points were decent, they were few and far between.

Another strength of this film was its ability to get the people to open up on camera for the public. One of the school board members told of her past associations with drugs and a more wild lifestyle, which seems politically foolish to do when you're on the board. Another man told of his conversion from an atheist to a Christian. I found these personal stories very moving, even if they came from the side I didn't generally agree with.

I think this film has great value for anyone interested in evolution, intelligent design or public policy. Very little is discussed as far as the facts of evolution or intelligent design, as the film is not trying to persuade one way or the other. So it might help entering the film with a foundational knowledge of both positions. But it does a great job explaining where everyone stands and why. Excellent, excellent coverage of a modern American historical event.


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