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The division of the world’s peoples into distinct groups labeled by colors has become so widely accepted that many would dismiss as farfetched any suggestion of its falsity. Yet geneticists have discovered that 85% of all genetic variants can be found within any local population, regardless of whether it’s a population of Poles, Hmong, or Fulani. This three-part series debunks the misconception that “race” is a physiologically accurate way to categorize human beings, looking through the lenses of science, history, and social institutions at how and why the myth developed. 3-part series, 56 minutes each.

Length: 168 minutes

Item#: BVL49733

Copyright date: ©2003

Reviews & Awards

“In this atmosphere of race doublespeak, Race: The Power of an Illusion is one of the most important, sweeping, and groundbreaking documentaries in recent memory.”  —BET.com 


“One of the most honest and compelling documentary series I’ve ever seen on race and its impact on this nation’s culture and politics, as well as on the economic status of nonwhite citizens.”  The Philadelphia Inquirer  


“A marvelously intelligent documentary. A timely reminder that social divisions are made, not inevitable.”  The Nation  


“This is deeply resonant material, with the potential to make everyone who watches it think in a new and fundamental way about society.”  Chicago Tribune  


“Illuminating and provocative. Race does matter—not as genetics—but as lived experience. Eloquently documented.”  San Francisco Chronicle   


“Racists have often used pseudoscience to justify their socially damaging views; watch these films to see how science, by replacing ignorance with knowledge, can undo that damage.”  —James Watson, Nobel laureate        

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