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2004, Nature  -   31 Comments

GenesisJust like the director did some ago in Microcosmos, this is a project in which we can see the advances of film-making, the one that can show us images that we had never seen before.

From the crystallization of Vitamin C through and electronic microscope, to the sea horses love dance, from the amazing life of the walking fish to the love parakeets, from the beautiful dance of Jellyfish to the lava rivers, every single image is filled with color, life, joy and some kind of mystery.

Blending humor with seriousness innocence with wisdom an African griot uses the evocative language of myth and fable to relate the birth of the universe and the stars the fiery beginnings of our planet and the appearance of life on earth featuring animals as the main players.

Genesis is one of the most fascinating and relevant documentaries. It is an account of the beginning of everything, but focuses most especially on the nature of life on our planet.

The truths contained in this film and the fashion in which they are masterfully woven into a much broader, overall picture are compelling, the imagery is mesmerizing, and for anyone who is truly interested in the essence and mannerisms of life as we know it, this film is an excellent introduction to a fuller, more complete understanding.

Ratings: 4.00/10from 2 users.

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31 Comments / User Reviews

  1. DS

    I just can't watch this. Every time I try I fall asleep.

    I have to disagree with the comparisons to "Planet Earth", at lest in so far as it's actual engagement factor. Planet Earth is a shallow overview of many different creatures within an environment type. While the environment is shown and is important, the stars of the show are definitely the animals. Here the screen-time for animals seems relatively short. This is from flicking through (any prolonged exposure just makes me switch off). Great for insomnia.

  2. audiophile

    I tried to watch this video but it was saying that there is no video imbeded. Am I doing something wrong or is the video not working? I have found this response on several videos on this site (truly awesome site btw).

  3. jane haydon

    I wanted something to watch that did not have me questioning, theory tossing, in other words, a rest. This documentary with the beautiful filming was perfect for my mood. Thankyou so much!

  4. ez2b12

    @ Galloway Grumblefield

    I live in the beauty of nature, fortunately. I am in the southeastern US in a very rural area, the foot hills of the Appalachian mountains in fact. I think people like me get desensitized to nature in a way. I love science as well but that is probably the biggest reason I enjoy the more scientifically based docs. I can see the value in this kind as well, I just don't enjoy them myself. Or sould I say they don't keep my interest. I enjoy parts of it. Most of it I can see live, if I just go outside. "Its all in the eye of the beholder." as they say.

  5. Arturo A Chau

    It is a visual poem. Good.

  6. Galloway Grumblefield

    Beautiful. A work of art, with excellent narration and cinematography. So what if it's not an advanced biology instructional? Is that always the most important thing in filmography? What about beauty in nature?

  7. Reasons Voice

    @EZ: Yea he was a piece of work for sure. Not that ya needed sticking up for, you handled it nicely. I just can't stand trolls. He was so transparent, "I am not condemning Europeans"...."african blah blah asian blah blah Demon Imperialist white Euro Dogs!!!" hahaha.
    As to your topic here as I said would need my texts. What I was referring to was not covalence per say but bombardment radiation production. Send a free electron into an atom knock out a shell electron and you produce radiation by bumping that electron out.

  8. RipCurrent

    Microcosmos ruled. This rules too

  9. ez2b12

    @ reasons voice

    Actually that was my point the nuetron turns in to a electron and a proton. Both are retained in the atom and not released, this is how it maintains its mass and electrical charge. I know what you are reffering to, its called covalent bonding. It's when two or more atoms share electrons in order to complete their outer shell. This is not what i am asking about though.

    I am talking about beta decay due to an unstable nuclei. The instability occurs in the nuclei for one of two reasons. Either there are too many nuetrons, making the atom a unstable isotope, or the nucleus is too large for the weak nuclear force to over come the repulsion of the protons. In the case of the isotope you get beta deacy in the case of the too large nuclei you get alpha decay (not sure about the alpha decay).

    My question was why does the addition of one more nuetron in the case of carbon 13 vrs carbon 14, make the atom unstable. The answer, no one knows. There is no magic number of nuetrons vrs protons that suddenly makes an isotope unstable. Each element has to be considered and studied on a case by case basis to determine if the isotope is radioactive (unstable). I would still be interested in any info you can give me on this phenomena though. Thanks for your attention, and for sticking up for me on the Columbus thread- do you believe that guy?

  10. Reasons Voice

    @ ez2b12: I can't recall a direct answer to your question on here from my studies in radiation physics. I would have to look back into my texts from class. Give me time and I'll try to help you out or recomend the same texts for your study. How I understand it though it all comes down to valence stability. By that I mean the number of electrons in the outermost electron shell. I can however answer you as to the energy released. I am in radiation medicine so that's kinda my thing. Any time an electron enters or exits an atom the binding energy of that electron is emmited. Usually in the form of radiation wether it be heat or a free rdical depends on the intensity of the reaction.

  11. Scott

    @ ez2b12

    I've struggled with the same problem (grammar/spelling.) The first step is to try and fix it instead of ignoring the problem. Well far from 'cured' I notice way more mistakes while I'm making them now.

  12. ez2b12

    I did it again, I meant there not their. I'm trying to get this stuff right. I have the worst grammar, punctuation, and spelling of anyone I know. Well old Bob at the top of the thread might have me beat. But I think this may be his second language (just a guess). It's my native tongue and I still can't get it right.

  13. ez2b12

    @ Achem

    I think we can rest assured that i will not make such a discovery any time soon. One must walk befor running, and I can't even crawl yet. Notice the "yet" mind you, I will get their. Via lots of hard work and education, and a little help from my friends here at TDF. I'll remeber you guys to the world when I except the... the...uh- What do the science guys win? (LOL) Yeah, I think it safe to say I have alot of work ahead of me.

  14. Jim Atherton

    All this talk of biology and molecules, lets just take the easy option and say 'god did it".

  15. Achems Razor


    I also was looking up an answer to your query on what makes carbon 14 unstable, the scientists themselves are unsure, so there is really no answer to your question.
    If you could discover as to why, you will become a star. (LOL)

  16. Abdul

    The only difference between us and the common cold virus, is that the molecule that makes us had a head start and become multiple times more complex. The DNA molecule is the true creature here, your body and consciousness are just a byproduct. The protein this DNA makes around itself (arms, legs, other tissues) is pushed by the forces of evolution once replication was possible and raw material is abundant.

    As long as the elements and conditions exist and possibility of replication starts, then the rest just takes time, and oooh time we have, the closest glaxy of roughly the same size is hom many million light years away? How many billions of galaxies each with billions of stars is out there?

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  18. chas

    Itis nice to see people ispired and having an intelectual foum here...dispite distractions.

  19. Randy

    Yes, Epicurus, is the man.

    I loved this doc. It was beautiful, and the natural world is more magical than any silly bible or creationist ideas...

    However, as a student of very ancient mythology, I always found the "first peoples"--- Africans, Aztecs, Navajo, etc... Genesis myths were much more satisfying and even, dare I say it, scientifically accurate, than any thing the judeo-islamo-christian whackos dreamed up...

  20. ez2b12

    @ Epicurus

    Wow, from what i can see their is no answer to my question really. They say that their is no certain combination of disproportionality between neutrons and protons that equals an unstable nuclei, that you must take it case by case. In other words an unstable isotope of a given element is not necessarily radioactive because it has the same disproportionality as another elements isotope that is radioactive.

    That seems odd to me, maybe they just have not yet discovered the key to what makes one radioactive verses another with the same disproportionate amount of neutrons to protons. Hey, maybe this will be my claim to fame one day. Ez discovers the key to what makes one isotope unstable and another not. Doesn't hurt to dream I suppose.

    Thanks for your help man. I always get good answers and discussions here, with the exception of the occasional angry little man. Good link you found, I have saved the science clarified link to my favorites as I will be going their often.

  21. ez2b12

    @ Epicurus

    Thanks man, no need to apologize I'll take all the help I can get. I am trying to understand this as i am majoring in physics and soon or later will have to. I never expected to come across this stuff in biology but, it will give me a leg up if i can grasp it now. I'll check out the links and hollar back later, thanks again.

  22. ez2b12

    Nice doc. if you are into cinematography or metaphysics. I like the more scientifically geared doc's when dealing with this subject. I agree with hhv, not enough scientific depth for me.

  23. ez2b12

    @ Epicurus

    Thanks man, that clears up what it does to become stable again- which i also needed to know. My real question though is why does the addition of one neutron in carbon 14 versus carbon 13, make it unstable? I always look at stability as a matter of charge, the atom wants a neutral charge to become noble.

    In the case of beta decay, as I now understand it thanks to your suggestion, once the neutron is converted to a proton an electron is also created to cancel the protons positive charge. So how is energy released? Nothing seems to have escaped the atom. I thought radioactive decay released harmful energy.

    Perhaps this is too complicated to get into here. I don't want to hi-jack the thread. Thanks for your suggestion, it did help. I will continue to study beta decay and search google. We have already had someone get upset about my questioning people on stuff unrelated to the doc, don't want to rock the boat. Thanks again you obviousely know your stuff.

  24. hhv

    Exquisite cinematography, imo. But not a lot of depth. More geared toward children, at least I think so.

  25. Epicurus

    @ez2b12, short answer is search Beta Decay. i dont know if i fully understand what you are asking but this might help.

    beta decay converts a neutron in the nucleus into a proton remaining in the nucleus AND an electron emitted. The electron is considered the beta particle. Also, other fundamental particles are emitted as well.
    In beta minus decay (which is what carbon-14 does), the weak interaction converts a neutron into a proton while emitting an electron and an electron antineutrino

  26. ez2b12

    @ Emanuel

    I have "google searched" and I did not find the answers I needed. I am a regular on this site and have many friends here, not a troll. If you don't want to answer don't. Besides a troll as I have understood the term is someone that posts something looking to get some kind of negative responce so they can start a fight. What about my question could possibly offend anyone or start a fight? I think you might be trolling and as a result I will now end this pointless discourse, have a nice day sir.

  27. emanuel


    you know you can google search but come here for 'science people'

    nice one troll

  28. ez2b12

    O.K. this is going to seem really off topic, but in a way it's not. I am having some trouble understanding some stuff from my biology class and this doc is about life in general so its a stretch I know but indulge me.

    I understand a isotope to be a atom with more neutrons than it usually has. I also understand that certain isotopes are radio active, for instance carbon 12 is just a carbon atom. Carbon 13 has seven nuetrons insted of six, so it is an isotope of carbon- so far so good. Carbon 14 has eight neutrons and is radio active, as it decays into nitrogen 14 which is a stable isotope of nitrogen. My question is why, what makes carbon 14 unstable? Why does it decay into a nitrogen isotope? Also, are all radio active substances unstable isotopes?

    Sorry to get off topic but I have to understand this stuff and I know there are some really smart science people on this site. It seems weird to me that we are covering this stuff in biology, seems more of a chemistry of physics thing to me. I think it all plays into the chemistry that takes place in cells, organic compunds, etc., etc.

  29. dustin

    Is this even a documentary? What does it document? What research was put into it? I guess what im saying is dont watch it if you are looking for information or new knowledge. Only watch this one for entertainment value. Its like a French version of the "Life" series by David Attenborough. Dont ask me why it seems French, I think its the songs and the existentialist feel.

  30. BoB

    not at all, it shows a lot about the flow of existens. A deaper understanding about how you are your surounding and that you have a deep level of conciusness/experiancing on evry level of existence. O, and it shows how simple truth can be slowly trancformt into misteryus mitolegy.

    p.s. sorry for the bad spelling

  31. Doc-Fan

    Well... Pointless?