Grades 5-12, College, Adult
Directed by Scott Barrie
Produced by Pancake Productions
DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45
US Release Date: 1990
Copyright Date: 1990
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-229-7
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-048-X
Awards and Festivals
Silver Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival
Silver Award, Houston World Festival
Yorkton Film Festival
American Film & Video Festival
Freedom Cinema Festival
In Search of the Edge|
An Inquiry into the Shape of the Earth and the Disappearance of Andrea Barns
Flat earth theory proved! A lesson in critical thinking and media literacy.
IN SEARCH OF THE EDGE is a comprehensive documentary proving, fairly conclusively, that the earth is flat!
Humorous, thought-provoking, and at once both absurdist and matter of fact, it presents a carefully constructed argument from a definite, well-researched "flat-earth" point of view, while dismissing the "global earth" doctrine as little more than an elaborate hoax.
The film is comprised of the conventional documentary mix of elements, including interviews with experts, stock footage, still photographs and animation, and is woven together with the story of Andrea Barns, a Canadian woman who devoted her life to convincing the world that the earth is flat.
This is an essential lesson in media literacy for a generation plugged into television. Provoke critical thinking in your students and help them to become aware of the devices used in documentary media; the history of scientific paradigms; and their own willingness to take things at face value.
"An amusing and a stimulating thinking exercise for students eager to question how they know what they think they know. Recommended."
Landers Film and Video Reviews
"Well done in all respects...should be well received in science classrooms. It will hold students' interest and provoke some lively discussion. Teachers wishing to enliven Earth science classes will find the program useful...recommended for purchase."
**** Video Rating Guide for Libraries