Because of its status as both a widely misunderstood and, consequentially, sometimes feared mode of belief, it’s not often cinema gives atheism the proper platform for discussion. So, it’s altogether fitting that Richard Dawkins, arguably its biggest public representative, will help break some barriers with The Unbelievers, a documentary about he and Lawrence Krauss‘ worldwide tour in favor of scientific thinking over religious belief. But, don’t worry: they found celebrities to talk about stuff, too.
This first preview doesn’t make clear the exact content of their project, excepting an obvious chronicle of the struggles either men face in trying to spread a different sort of gospel; meanwhile, portions with more well-known speakers — Ricky Gervais, Woody Allen, Werner Herzog, Bill Pullman (?) — look like a way of backing-up these thoughts with voices that every viewer will know. There’s a chance The Unbelievers ends up being a preaching to the choir for myself (let’s leave it at that), so I hope behind-the-scenes portions glimpsed at, what entices me most greatly, will play a big part in the final product.
There’s a huge slate of other talent adding their names, with the official website promising appearances from Cameron Diaz, Stephen Hawking, Sarah Silverman, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, Tim Minchin, Eddie Izzard, Ian McEwan, Adam Savage, Ayaan Hirsi-Ali, Penn Jillette, Sam Harris, Dan Dennett, James Randi, Cormac McCarthy, Paul Provenza, Jame Morrison, Michael Shermer, and David Silverman.
You can believe that the trailer is available to watch below (via OpenCulture):
The Unbelievers will open sometime this year.
Is this trailer a promising start to the documentary?
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