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2009 proved to be a pivotal year in the creation/evolution debate. It was the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, and the 150th anniversary1 of the publication of his book The Origin of Species. Evolutionists were busy with special events, including feature films, TV documentaries, world-travelling exhibitions, tall-ship re-enactments of the HMS Beagle voyage, and much, much more. There was even the free distribution of 200,000 ‘commissioned’ comic strip books featuring Darwin as a super-hero!
A unique opportunity
In response, Creation Ministries International, through our subsidiary Fathom Media and using a team of world-class professionals, produced a major international documentary film costing over $1m2—Darwin: the Voyage that Shook the World. Structured around Darwin’s famous HMS Beagle voyage3 , it features stunning wildlife photography, period re-enactments and interviews with leading authorities from around the world. We made this 52 minute documentary to the highest production standards utilizing media professionals so that it could be broadcast on general TV.
Darwin: the Voyage that Shook the World is intended to be a thoughtful exploration, a crossover product to seek to influence the “mainstream” to ”think again” about Darwin. It is also a powerful tool that can “break down the barriers” of evolutionary prejudice, overcoming preconceived ideas about biblical creation and biblical creationists by its approach of being gentle and fair without compromising truth.4
Comments from a film critic on Darwin: the Voyage that Shook the World
Renowned Christian and film critic Dr. Ted Baehr, whose Movieguide.org website is consulted by millions, saw the almost-ready documentary in late February. Here are some samples from his enthusiastic written reaction to us:
“Fascinating and insightful … ”
“ … this extremely well-crafted exploration of who Charles Darwin was and what he believed is one of the best-produced documentaries ever made.”
“Not a hatchet job or propaganda piece, it presents Darwin’s story through the eyes of professors and others who admire the man. … presents his humanist, anti-Christian views with dignity and respect, but in the process reveals the flaws, confusion and falsehoods of his theories.”
“This is a beautifully produced program … because of its fairness and clarity … if people watch it with an open mind, it may turn their hearts and minds away from the confusion that is Darwinism toward asking the right questions that can lead them to the truth.”
Comments from Christian teachers on Darwin: the Voyage that Shook the World5
“This is great—just what we need to really get the conversation on all these topics going in the right direction in the classroom.”
“I can see us opening up all these issues in detail with the kids … let’s work on a study guide.”6
“I can see its power … the quality, the way it can’t be written off as ignorant Bible-thumpers … ”
Other languages for Darwin: the Voyage that Shook the World DVD
The PAL version of the DVD carries subtitle options in 23 languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, English (for hearing-impaired), Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Vietnamese.
For technical reasons, the NTSC version (available via our US and Canadian web stores) could only support 18 subtitle options: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Czech, English (for hearing-impaired), Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish.
The PAL version available from our Singapore store has subtitles in 4 languages: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), English, Indonesian.
Thank you to all those who prayed for and supported this amazing project. For information about public and church screenings please click here.
- The anniversary months were February and November, respectively. Return to text.
- Around ¾ of it raised by earmarked donations to CMI ministries around the world, the rest from CMI-Australia’s reserve funds. Estimate is in US$. The cost would have been greater if not for the sacrificial rates offered by so many of these professionals. Return to text.
- Based on an original concept by CMI-Canada’s Dr Emil Silvestru Return to text.
- Significantly different from ID’s wedge concept, it does not hesitate to challenge the millions of years as well as evolution. Return to text.
- At a special prescreening of the draft documentary in late February 2009. Return to text.
- A study guide has been completed. See printable pdf or online topics for thought and links to further reading. Return to text.