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The Real Eve

4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Five billion people...from one woman. Who was "the real Eve"? What did she really look like, where did she live, how did the human race truly come to be? Travel back in time as Danny Glover narrates this fascinating look into the past to fined the very beginnings of the human race. Through exclusive access to the very latest DNA reconstructions and cutting edge technology, scientists can now for the first time conclusively answer the where, when and how's of this mysterious woman-mother to us all.

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  • Actors: Danny Glover
  • Directors: Andrew Piddington
  • Producers: Harry Yates, Paul Ashton
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUH1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,519 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Real Eve" on IMDb

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I highly recommend this work!!! Two-thumbs up. It's possibly the best piece of work on the genealogy and evolution of humans I have seen in my lifetime. By researching and explaining the migration of modern humans from Africa throughout the rest of the world the research completely challenges our whole notion of RACE since it proves that we are all related somehow -- every single person on the planet can trace at least part of their mitochondrial DNA back to one small group of ancestors in Africa. At first it was hard to believe that someone who is phenotypically European or Asian could descend from someone who is African but the film does a solid job of using cinematography to recreate and explain the evolution of man over thousands of years. The use of indigenous people in the film from Eastern Africans to the Samang in Malaysia was brilliant. The director and producer make the events so real that you feel like you are there when it is actually happening. Danny Glover was a great choice to narrarate the film. One of the highlights of the film was when scientists randomly tested the DNA of 6 ethnically diverse Americans in Chicago and were able to link a Greek emigre and a Cree, Native American man by a common ancestor that existed 30,000 yrs ago using genetic markers. At no other time in the history of man have we had the scientific know-how to do this and DNA is 99.9% reliable evidence. I would love to see a sequel to the film that explores further the notion of this global expansion and evolution. How did changes in hair texture, culture, and languages come about over time as our ancestors migrated from one continent or country to another? I would also like them to interview people who've had their DNA tested -- like what it revealed and how it impacted their lives.
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This video is remarkable! If your interested in how we evolved as a race and as beings, you'll love this. This documentary clearly will rewrite science books as we know it if taken seriously. I don't not recommend this DVD to people without an open mind, because you will simply refuse to believe. The tests and scientific evidence in this video are shocking and to know we all evolved from one common ancestor is something you'll find facisnating. Danny Glover is an excellent choice to narrate and the visuals are outstanding. A must for all who have questioned where we came from!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD. I had seen the program on the Discovery Channel and could not wait to own it. I believe that the makers of this film did a wonderful job of presenting the theory of mitochondrial Eve to the common man. As a future educator I plan on using this film as a teaching resource to illustrate to students one theory of the origin of modern man and their spread out of Africa to the rest of the world. Even if someone does not believe the theory presented in this film it holds its own as entertainment as well as a piece of informative media.
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The story of all of us coming "out of Africa." This "Eve" is the one woman whose mitochondrial DNA survived all the way down to the present. She is Eve only in that sense. There were many other women before her and many with her in her time. All of the others (of the group which left Africa, not those who never did) had their female line die out. This is transferred from mother to child so the boy children do not pass it on to their children, only the girl children do. Every time a woman has no girl children (either all boys or no children at all), her Mitochondrial line dies out. Eventually one line alone survived. That is what is traced back to this "Real Eve." It is the story of the travels of all of the off-spring that make up the dvd. Each time you watch it you will get something more from it.
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About a hundred thousand years ago, in a small part of sub-Saharan Africa, a small number of a an endangered specie "embarked" on a great journey of all times. A journey that dwarfs Columbian's and Magellan's in its length and duration.

Of course they had no idea where they'd go, but they had to go somewhere to survive. Being nomads, ancient tribes often moved less than a mile a year, just enough to survive and reproduce.

Within hundreds and thousands of generation Humans reached almost every major land body on the earth, and as they traveled north their skin got lighter in order to allow more of the scarce sunlight penetrate their skin and synthesize vitamin D. Of course that didn't' occurred in a Lamarckian way, rather the offspring living in the north with the gene coding for less melatonin in their skin synthesized more vitamin D, gained health and reproductive advantage and passed more of that gene to his offspring. Within 20,000 years or about one thousand generation, the skin lighted dramatically in the Northerners who were all descendents of black African.

Now would anyone after watching this movie hint that somehow Sociobiology and its adaptation theories are racist ? Far from it, we need sociobiology with its adaptation theories and new findings in genetics to show bigots once for all that we are all descended from the same lineage and any differences in color we might have are only skin deep.
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