THE GENE
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THE DREAM

IDEA

DANGEROUS

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THE DREAM

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THE GENE

SYNOPSIS

There is a dangerous idea that has threatened the America Dream from the very beginning. It is a strong current of biological determinism which views some groups, races and individuals as inherently superior to others and more deserving of fundamental rights. Despite the founders’ assertion that “all are created equal” this idea was used to justify disenfranchising women, blacks and Native Americans from the earliest days of the Republic. A DANGEROUS IDEA: GENETICS, EUGENICS AND THE AMERICAN DREAM reveals how this dangerous idea gained new traction in the 20th century with an increasing belief in the concept of an all-powerful “gene” that predetermines who is worthy and who is not. The film reveals how this new genetic determinism provided an abhorrent rationale for state sanctioned crimes committed against America’s poorest, most vulnerable citizens and for violations of the fundamental civil rights of untold millions. Featuring interviews with social thinkers including Van Jones and Robert Reich as well as prominent scientist in many fields, A DANGEROUS IDEA is a radical reassessment of the meaning, use and misuse of gene science. Like no other film before it, this documentary brings to light how false scientific claims have rolled back long fought for gains in equality, and how powerful interests are poised once again to use the gene myth to unravel the American Dream.

A BELIEF IN BIOLOGICAL DETERMINISM HAS PROVIDED A DANGEROUS RATIONALE FOR SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST SHAMEFUL HISTORY.

AND NOW IT’S BACK.

A DANGEROUS IDEA is extremely timely because with the current administration we are seeing a renewed threat of a biologically determined politics.

— Robert Reich, AUTHOR, FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF LABOR

THIS FILM IS A RADICAL REASSESSMENT OF GENE SCIENCE, WHICH HAS BEEN USED, ABUSED AND MISCONSTRUED TO VIOLATE THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF UNTOLD MILLIONS.

You have these people who … just seemed to have missed the whole point of the country. And they actually think that the founding reality of profound inequality is fine with them. And that view even tries to masquerade as science.

— VAN JONES, ACTIVIST, COMMENTATOR, AUTHOR and NON-PRACTICING ATTORNEY

In this time of false facts and backlash against a new equality, A DANGEROUS IDEA should be required viewing.

— GLORIA STEINEM, WRITER, LECTURER, POLITICAL ACTIVIST