FILM LIFE: The Genesis of Mankind | Chapter 4

by Dr-Faustus | created - 12 Dec 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

"Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is." - Albert Camus __________

Master List: FILM LIFE: Chapters 1 to 28. __________________________________

Timelines of World History - Wikipedia

Timeline of human prehistory

Timeline of ancient history

Timeline of the Middle Ages

Timelines of modern history ________________

History of the world ___________

World Maps

Wikipedia: Early world maps

Wikipedia: World map

Wikipedia: Clickable world map

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1. Genesis (2004)

G | 81 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A storyteller relates the creation of the world. A tall tale like all yarns. But this tall tale is a true tale - it is our very own story. The birth of the universe, the formation of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Claude Nuridsany, Marie Pérennou | Star: Sotigui Kouyaté

Votes: 1,354 | Gross: $0.01M

The Genesis of Mankind

Narrator: "From the time I was conceived to the moment I was born, I lived a condensed version of Genesis. In the beginning, I was a sea creature. The water pocket replaced the primeval sea of the world's beginning." ___________

Wikipedia: Earliest known life forms.

Wikipedia: Abiogenesis.

Wikipedia: Evolution.

Wikipedia: Human evolution. ____________

Amazon Books: Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin.

Amazon Books: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

2. Our Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell (2012 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

There is a battle playing out inside your body right now. It started billions of years ago and it is still being fought in every one of us every minute of every day. It is the story of a viral infection - the battle for the cell.

Director: Michael Davis | Stars: David Tennant, Susanna Bidgood, Steve Jones, Nick Lane

Votes: 263

BBC: "There is a battle playing out inside your body right now. It started billions of years ago and it is still being fought in every one of us every minute of every day. It is the story of a viral infection - the battle for the cell... " ________

Wikipedia: Cell (biology). ___________

Cell Research

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Cell fate: journeys to specialisation). ______________

Human Skin Cells

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (How We Get Our Skin Color). ______________________________

The Nanoscopic World of Cell Biology

IMDb Watch Now Link: Protein Expressions (2010 Short Film). ____________

Amazon Books: Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas.

3. The Miracle of Life (1996 TV Movie)

186 min | Documentary

From inside the human body and the miracle of developing life to an insects world seen from the point of view of the insect, cinematographer 'Lennart Nilsson' shows us the world in new ways... See full summary »

Director: Mikael Agaton | Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Bo Moller, Hans Wigzell, Klaus Renner

Votes: 57

Wikipedia: Lennart Nilsson. ____________

Amazon Books: A Child Is Born by Lennart Nilsson.

4. Ouverture (1965)

9 min | Documentary, Short

Short film about the creation of one single life.

Votes: 41

5. The Human Body (1998– )

394 min | Documentary

National Geographic explores the human body from the inside out as never before.

Stars: Andrew Blackall, Beatrice, Hannelorre, Herbie

Votes: 637

Evelyn Glennie quote: "The human body and mind are tremendous forces that are continually amazing scientists and society. Therefor, we have no choice but to keep an open mind as to what the human being can achieve."

Egon Schiele quote: "At present, I am mainly examining the physical motion of mountains, water, trees and flowers. One is everywhere reminded of similar movements in the human body, of similar impulses of joy and suffering in plants."

Joel Kinnaman quote: "There's a lot of neuroscience now raising the question, 'Is all the intelligence in the human body in the brain?', and they're finding out that, no, it's not like that. The body has intelligence itself, and we're much more of an organic creature in that way."

IMDb Link: 'The Human Body' Official Site. ________________

Watch Now External Link: The Human Body - Top Documentary Films.

6. Inside the Human Body (2011– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Inside The Human Body - takes us deep under our skin where we are dwarfed by even the smallest cell, where blood vessels becomevast cathedrals and the tiniest cluster of cilia becomes an expansive forest.

Stars: Christopher Cotten, Michael Mosley

Votes: 506

7. Inside the Living Body (2007 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

The story of a human life, from first breath to last. Told from within the body.

Director: Martin Williams | Stars: Howard Ward, Ellie-Jo Brooks, Malcolm Davey, Robyn Evans

Votes: 213

8. Incredible Human Machine (2007 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

National Geographic: Incredible Human Machine takes viewers on a two-hour journey through an ordinary, and extraordinary, day-in-the-life of the human machine. With stunning high-definition... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur F. Binkowski, Chad Cohen | Stars: Craig Sechler, Steven Tyler, Diana Cherkas, Neal McNeil

Votes: 212

Michelangelo Buonarroti quote: "What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?" _______________

Video with Music: IMDb Watch Now Link: The Machine (2012 Short Film).

9. L'odyssée de la vie (2006 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Director: Nils Tavernier | Star: Jacques Perrin

Votes: 76

Odyssey of Life / The Voyage of Life.

10. In Utero (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Family

IN UTERO is a cinematic rumination on what will emerge as the most provocative subject of the 21st Century - life in the womb and its lasting impact. Epigenetics, biochemistry, Alice In ... See full summary »

Director: Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal

Votes: 36

11. In the Womb (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

Documents the 9 month journey from conception to birth with images taken inside the womb. New photographic and camera techniques allow the viewer to see previously unknown images concerning a time we all go through.

Director: Toby Macdonald | Star: Dilly Barlow

Votes: 270

Julie Walters quote: "As soon as I gave birth, it was as if you understand them. They become people, not kids. You start to identify with them. You see yourself in them." ____________

Amazon Books: Pregnancy & Childbirth. _____________________

Birth, Mothers & Midwives

IMDb Watch Now Link: Catching Babies (2011 Short Film). __________________

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (In Utero). __________________

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Human Condition, Part One).

12. Olmo & the Seagull (2015)

82 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

'Olmo and the Seagull' is a poetic and existential dive into an actress's mind during the nine months of her pregnancy as she must confront her most fiery inner demons while trying to ... See full summary »

Directors: Petra Costa, Lea Glob | Stars: Olivia Corsini, Serge Nicolai, Pancho Garcia Aguirre, Shaghayegh Beheshti

Votes: 460

13. James Blake: My Willing Heart (2017 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

A pregnant Natalie Portman stars in the music video for "My Willing Heart" by James Blake.

Director: Anna Rose Holmer | Star: Natalie Portman

Votes: 71

14. My Future Baby (2012 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

7.3 million Americans are currently struggling with fertility issues. In November 2009, the World Health Organization classified infertility as a disease. For those thinking about starting ... See full summary »

Director: Brigitte Mueller | Stars: Gail Sexton Anderson, Diana Lynn Barnes, Jeffrey L. Ecker, William E. Gibbons

Votes: 7

15. One More Shot (2018)

89 min | Documentary

Infertility has never been revealed in a film like this before. Shot first person and told from the participants themselves, this is an unflinching look at the hope, loss, and humor that ... See full summary »

Director: Noah Moskin | Stars: Maya Grobel, Noah Moskin

Votes: 29

Wikipedia: Fertility & Infertility.

16. Microbirth (2014)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary

Winner of Grand Prix Award at 2014 Life Sciences Film Festival. A documentary on the latest research on the origins of the microbiome; how microscopic events during childbirth have lifelong consequences for the health of our children.

Directors: Toni Harman, Alex Wakeford | Stars: Aleeca Bell, Martin Blaser, Sue Carter, Hannah Dahlen

Votes: 35

17. Window Water Baby Moving (1959)

13 min | Documentary, Short

Stan Brakhage films the birth of his first child, Myrrena.

Director: Stan Brakhage | Stars: Jane Brakhage, Myrrena Brakhage, Stan Brakhage

Votes: 2,001

Gwyneth Paltrow quote: "My life comes down to three moments: the death of my father, meeting my husband, and the birth of my daughter. Everything I did previous to that just doesn't seem to add up to very much." _____________________

Childbirth & Development

IMDb Watch Now Link: Natural Childbirth at the Madison Birth Center (2005 Short Film).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Naiya - Journey Into Life).

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (The First Year of Life: A Study of Development ~ Fraternal Twins). _____________

Near Term Birth

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Risk - Consequences of a Near Term Birth). _____________

Premature Birth

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (The Quality of Life). _______________________________________

Raising a Child With Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

IMDb Watch Now Link: Silent Cries (2012 Short Film). ______________________________

Maternity Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Birth is a Dream - Maternity in Africa). ______________________________

Birth Defect (Spina Bifida) Prevention

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (The Story of Folic Acid Fortification).

18. Beautiful Births (2014)

59 min | Documentary, Family

You are invited to explore another side of pregnancy and childbirth that is not often shown in the mainstream media.

Director: Jacqui Blue | Stars: Ashley Altum-Ortega, Joia DaVida, Heather Franklin, Jackie Korpela

Votes: 13

19. Motherland (2017)

94 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Taking us into the heart of the planet's busiest maternity hospital, the viewer is dropped like an unseen outsider into the hospital's stream of activity. At first, the people are strangers... See full summary »

Director: Ramona S. Diaz

Votes: 169

21. Babies (2010)

PG | 79 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo.

Director: Thomas Balmès | Stars: Bayar, Hattie, Mari, Ponijao

Votes: 6,708 | Gross: $7.29M

22. Being Dad (2008 Video)

78 min | Documentary

Where can pregnant women go to find information to get the expectant dad up to speed, to help their man learn what to expect when expecting and to hear what it takes to be a supportive mate and father? Not many places. Until now.

Director: Leslie Marsh | Star: Troy Jones

Votes: 7

23. Fatherhood 101 (2013)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

What is your definition of a successful father? A seemingly basic question demanding an intangible answer! For the first time, "Fatherhood 101" will reveal to audiences everywhere the ... See full summary »

Director: Marquette Williams | Stars: Bee Moe $lim, Hassan Ali, Zakee Ali, Stacey Banks-Houston

Votes: 5

24. What Babies Want (2004)

57 min | Documentary

Research is now showing that the way babies are welcomed into the world has a profound impact on their later aptitude to make compassionate and meaningful connection with others as they ... See full synopsis »

Director: Debby Takikawa | Stars: Ray Castellino, David Chamberlain, Joseph Chilton-Pearce, Barbara Findeisen

Votes: 23

25. Brainious (2018)

90 min | Documentary

BRAINIOUS is not about how smart is a child, but how a child can be smart. This documentary explains what every adult should know about kids' brains in order to help children thrive, and ... See full summary »

Director: Stéphanie Brillant | Star: Matthieu Ricard

Votes: 13

IMDb Link: 'Brainious' Trailer.

Wikipedia: Human brain.

26. The Beginning of Life (2016)

G | 120 min | Documentary, Family

Discoveries in neuroscience can help us understand childhood development. When a person is born, it is more than just a genetic load. We are formed by our relationship with everything ... See full summary »

Director: Estela Renner | Star: Laura Schichvarger

Votes: 749

'The Beginning of Life' quote: "Our children don't care whether I'm important, they don't care whether I make any money. The only thing they care about is if I'm present."

Charles A. Nelson III quote: "The first years is like building the frame of a house. You're constructing the framework upon which everything else will develop." ____________

Amazon Books: Charles A. Nelson.

James J. Heckman quote: "The mother's love is an important part of the economy, which typically is not fully recognized in the society."

Link: 'The Beginning of Life' Official Site. ___________________

Maternity Leave Issues

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (Where is that village?)

27. Harry Styles: Sign of the Times (2017 Video)

5 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

Official music video for "Sign of The Times" by Harry Styles.

Director: Woodkid | Star: Harry Styles

Votes: 173

Harry Styles quote (Rolling Stone interview): "The song is written from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there's a complication. The mother is told, 'The child is fine, but you're not going to make it.' The mother has five minutes to tell the child, 'Go forth and conquer.'"

IMDb Watch Now External Link: 'Harry Styles: Sign of the Times' Official VEVO Music Video.

28. Life on Earth (1979– )

702 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,449

David Attenborough quote: "This is the last programme in this natural history, and it's very different from all the others because it's been devoted to just one animal: ourselves. And that may have been a very misleading thing to have done. It may have given the impression that somehow man was the ultimate triumph of evolution, that all those thousands of millions of years of development had no purpose other than to put man on Earth. There is no scientific evidence whatsoever for such a belief. No reason to suppose that man's stay on Earth should be any longer than that of the dinosaurs. He may have learned how to control his environment, how to pass on information from one generation to another, but the very forces of evolution that brought him into existence here on these African plains are still at work elsewhere in the world, and if man were to disappear, for whatever reason, there is doubtless somewhere some small, unobtrusive creature that would seize the opportunity and, with a spurt of evolution, take man's place. But although denying a special place in the world may be becomingly modest, the fact remains that man has an unprecedented control over the world and everything in it. And so, whether he likes it or not, what happens next is very largely up to him."

IMDb Link: 'Life on Earth' Official Site. __________________

IMDb Watch Now Link: The Secret of Dreaming.

29. Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (2009 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

A documentary about evolution.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,851

30. Ape to Man (2005 Video)

100 min | Documentary, History

The history of the search for the "missing link" in evolution is told through reenactments and interviews with leading scientists.

Director: Nic Young | Stars: Leslie Aiello, Joe Cain, Edward Herrmann, Kevin Hudson

Votes: 126

Louis Leakey quote: "Without the opportunity to seek, there is no opportunity to discover."

External Link - The Leakey Foundation. ________

Wikipedia: Cradle of Humankind.

Wikipedia: Mrs. Ples.

Wikipedia: Australopithecus africanus.

31. Human Universe (2014– )
Episode: Apeman Spaceman (2014)

TV-PG | 58 min | Documentary

Brian Cox charts our story from apes to the birth of civilization and then to the stars.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 55

32. Stories from the Stone Age (2003– )


A three-part series that explains why and how humans abandoned the nomadic hunting and gathering and take up a completely new way of life - the decisive move to farming.

Votes: 75

Wikipedia: Stone Age.

Tony Mitchell quote: "We wanted the series to challenge a lot of commonly held myths about Neanderthals, using the best information available."

Chris Stringer quote: "We didn't then have the very early fossil record we now possess from Africa, so people tried to replace the Neanderthal in the position of the missing link. We now believe they were simply a different species which evolved quite separately from our ancestors." __________

External Link: Homo neanderthalensis - Human Origins Program.

Wikipedia: Neanderthal. ____________

Amazon Books: The Neanderthal Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story by Dimitra Papagianni, Michael A. Morse.

34. Who killed the Neanderthal? (2017)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

Was it genocide? Epidemics? Climate change? Interbreeding? Competitive replacement? In order to find out, this ambitious team examines the evidence as it would a criminal investigation. ... See full summary »

Votes: 11

35. Before We Ruled the Earth (2003– )


Before We Ruled the Earth is an odyssey of evolution, from Homo ergaster in Africa at 1.7 million years ago, to Paleo-Indians living in North America at 11,000 years ago. Detailed ... See full summary »

Stars: Linda Hunt, John Slattery, Ben Cotton, Caroline Chan

Votes: 80

Season 1:

Episode 1: Hunt or Be Hunted (2003). Episode 2: Mastering the Beasts (2003). ____________________

Wikipedia: Homo.

Wikipedia: Human evolution.

Wikipedia: Timeline of human evolution.

Wikipedia: "Homo sapiens (Latin: 'wise man') is the scientific name for the human species).

"Humans (variously Homo sapiens and Homo sapiens sapiens) are primates of the family Hominidae, and the only extant species of the genus Homo. Humans are distinguished from other primates by their bipedal locomotion, and especially by their relatively larger brain with its particularly well developed neocortex, prefrontal cortex and temporal lobes, which enable high levels of abstract reasoning, language, problem solving, and culture through social learning. Humans use tools to a much higher degree than any other animal, and are the only extant species known to build fires and cook their food, as well as the only known species to clothe themselves and create and use numerous other technologies and arts. The scientific study of humans is the discipline of anthropology.

Humans are uniquely adept at utilizing systems of symbolic communication such as language and art for self-expression, the exchange of ideas, and organization. Humans create complex social structures composed of many cooperating and competing groups, from family and kinship networks to states. Social interaction between humans have established an extremely wide variety of values, social norms, and rituals, which together form the basis of human society. The human desire to understand and influence their environment, and explain and manipulate phenomena, has been the foundation for the development of science, philosophy, mythology, and religion."

Wikipedia: Homo sapiens. _________________

The Human Condition

IMDb Watch Now Link: Quantum Earth. __________________________________

Creative Collaboration in the 21st Century

IMDb Watch Now Link: A Declaration of Interdependence (2011 Short Film). ____________

Amazon Books: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared M. Diamond.

37. First Peoples (2015)

54 min | Documentary

200,000 years ago we took our first steps in Africa. Today there are 7 billion of us living across the planet. How did our ancestors spread from continent to continent? This is a global ... See full summary »

Stars: Kerry Shale, John Hawks, Svante Pääbo, Eske Willerslev

Votes: 63

38. Africa (2013)

360 min | Documentary

Africa, the world's wildest continent. David Attenborough takes us on an awe-inspiring journey through one of the most diverse places in the world. We visit deserts, savannas, and jungles and meet up with some of Africa's amazing wildlife.

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, James Aldred, Katrina Bartlam

Votes: 12,147

John Henrik Clarke quote: "The people and the cultures of what is known as Africa are older than the word 'Africa.' According to most records, old and new, Africans are the oldest people on the face of the earth. The people now called Africans not only influenced the Greeks and the Romans, they influenced the early world before there was a place called Europe."

Wikipedia: Africa. ____________

Wikipedia: Recent African Origin of Modern Humans. ______________________

External Link - African Wildlife Foundation. ____________

Amazon Books: African History. _____________________________________

Cape Town to Cairo: A Journey Through Africa

IMDb Watch Now Link: Full Movie (AfriQuest: Crossing Africa giving 3,000 smiles).

39. Africa's Great Civilizations (2017)

TV-PG | Documentary, History

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a fresh look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates, Malik Kaddu, Fabio Abraham, Lamin Tamba

Votes: 112

40. Lost Kingdoms of Africa (2010– )


A paucity of written records means we know less about Africa's ancient history than almost anywhere else on Earth. Cultural historian Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford uses culture, artifacts and traditions to explore that history.

Stars: Gus Casely-Hayford, Felix Chami, Habtamu Mamo, Edward Matenga

Votes: 91

41. Nubia: The Forgotten Kingdom (2003 TV Movie)

AO | 60 min | Documentary

Once a powerful, sprawling presence in Northern Africa, the ancient kingdom of Nubia now lies buried beneath mounds of red brick rubble in the Sudan. Forgotten by history and largely ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Bucher | Stars: Salah Ahmed, Julie Anderson, Keith David

Votes: 12

Wikipedia: Nubia.

Wikipedia: Nubians.

43. Wonders of the African World with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (1999)

319 min | Documentary

Africa is a continent of magnificent treasures and cultures -- from the breathtaking stone architecture of 1,000-year-old ruins in South Africa to an advanced 16th century international ... See full summary »

Star: Henry Louis Gates

Votes: 31

44. The Real Eve (2002 TV Movie)

103 min | Documentary

The made-for-cable documentary film The Real Eve is predicated on the theory that the human race can be traced to a common ancestor. The mitochondrial DNA of one prehistoric woman, who ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Piddington | Star: Danny Glover

Votes: 81

45. Journey of Man (2003 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

Traces the expansion of the human race from central Africa to Asia to the edge of South America.

Director: Clive Maltby | Stars: William H. Calvin, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Nina Jablonski, Richard Klein

Votes: 221

Quote from National Geographic: "The Bushmen of southern Africa are believed to be direct descendants of the first evolved Homo sapiens over 100,000 years ago. Geneticist Spencer Wells' research reveals that the genetic markers found in their DNA are unlike any others found outside of Africa.

Journey of Man tells the remarkable story of the human journey out of Africa and into the rest of the world, tracing history through evidence uncovered in the Y-chromosome of mans DNA. Traversing six continents, the film takes viewers on a fascinating journey into the hidden world of their ancestry and offers a modern look at our ancestors lives." ____________

Amazon Books: The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey by Spencer Wells.