REAL EVE – REVIEW
The documentary tells the story of how humankind can be traced back to a single lineage that originated in Africa, here called the “Real Eve”. The spread of humankind and their subsequent population of the whole world is graphically demonstrated by reconstructed scenes from long ago and narrated by (a rather monotonous sounding) Danny Glover. Leading scientists explain how the evidence found through this mitochondrial DNA analyses links with archaeological finds along the route.
I found the documentary binding, but was put off by the lengthy and over dramatized graphic reconstructions. (I guess this is what keeps the kids glued to the screen!) Also, as this is a hypothesis it should be stated and not sold as the absolute truth. Recent evidence does support this theory, but exactly when, how and which route was taken by the first humans to populate the world remains hypothetical. The fact that the absolute truth is still out there, is demonstrated by the different time scales and routes suggested by an analysis of Y (paternal) chromosomal DNA, compared to mitochondrial (maternal) DNA.
None the less, the documentary remains educational and fascinating, and as with The Journey of Man, it emphasizes the interconnectedness of all people. Hopefully this knowledge will ultimately create more tolerance and understanding amongst the different nations and races.
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