SKIN DEEP

By Franco DI CHIERA

COLOORA - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2010

For hundreds of years, human skin colour has been used as a marker of race. Now, science is uncovering the intricate relationship between skin colour and environment. Anthropologist Nina Jablonski travelled the globe to investigate why human skin has so many colours.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 52 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Franco DI CHIERA
    • Writer(s)
    • Barbara BERNARDINI, Greg COLGAN, Franco DI CHIERA
    • Producer(s)
    • Marco VISALBERGHI (DOCLAB), Andrew OGILVIE (erlectric pictures)
    • Synopsis
    • For hundreds of years, human skin colour has been used as a marker of race. Now, science is uncovering the intricate relationship between skin colour and environment.

      Anthropologist Nina Jablonski travelled the globe to investigate why human skin has so many colours. Her study suggested that pigmentation did not evolve to prevent skin cancer, but primarily to help the human body maintain the right balance for reproduction and body development.

      Focusing on ground-breaking research and personal accounts of scientists around the world, this documentary reveals that the evolution of skin colour is solely an adaptation to the environment. It drives home a powerful message: judging people on the basis of colour is not only morally unacceptable, it is scientifically wrong.
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