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Eugenic Minds

2013 DOK Leipzig, International Programme Documentary Film, Animadoc Award
Czech Republic, Slovakia | 2013 | 76 min. | Czech | English subtitles | International Premiere
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Eugenic Minds | Eugéniové

Expressive faces, body parts, anatomical associations. Human beings come in a variety of forms: “Some are smart, some are dumb, some are good-looking, some are ugly …” The term eugenics comes from the Greek. It means something like “good lineage” and is the term used for the science of improving genetic disposition by choosing the right sexual partner. In order to spare humanity “genetic burdens”, the smart and good-looking ones are chosen. If humans make the selection, they take “God’s work into their own hands”. The Third Reich used and expanded this science to serve its ideology, with the result that the term was avoided and at last forgotten. Captivating archive material, original animations and their graphic “insemination”, for example when the “transparent woman” frequently mingles with the crowds, reflect the narrative of a fascinating science practiced to the point of lunacy. This tale reveals more about the human species than any anthropometrical measurement ever could.

Claudia Lehmann
Original Title: Eugéniové
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
Year: 2013
Language: Czech
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 76 min.
Format: HDcam
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: Pavel Štingl
Producer: Jiří Konečný
Cinematographer: Miroslav Janek
Editor: Tonička Janková, Otakar Šenovský
Animation: Jan Míka
Sound: Vladimír Chrastil
Music: Jaroslav Kořán
Script: Pavel Štingl
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