The Unbelievers

Synopsis: 'The Unbelievers' follows renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss across the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world - encouraging others to cast off antiquated religious and politically motivated approaches toward important current issues - making the world a better place for all. The film includes interviews with celebrities who support the work of these remarkable scientists.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Gus Holwerda
Production: Black Chalk Productions
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77 min

I said this in a movie once:

"Everyone knows the same truth,

and our lives consist of

how we choose to distort it."

I am kind of amazed at what

Lawrence and Richard are doing

because they are walking

into some pretty prickly


and they have no armor,

other than

their own mental faculties.

I think what these two men

are doing out there,

promoting a scientific

world view,

is something of great value

because it is part of

what humanity's all about...

To be curious, to understand

what is the real world

surrounding us.

And this is what I love

about science, is that

it's knowledge,

and knowledge is power,

and it empowers you

and it frees you,

because then you're not stuck,

you're no longer stuck

where you've been or where

somebody else has been stuck.

There are no scientific

authorities. There are

scientific experts.

Richard knows a lot

about zoology; I know

a lot about physics.

But there's no one whose views

are not subject to question.

Science just seeks

the truth without prejudice,

for better or worse.

It doesn't say,

"should I find this out?"

It says, "can I?"

And that's

They don't change the facts.

Facts, if you're rational,

should change your beliefs.

Throughout history,

new discoveries

have challenged

existing beliefs.

Religion is no exception.

Religion is just like

any other topic

and should not be

sacrosanct at all.

You should be able

to discuss religion.

Why not?

I think religion

should be open to discussion.

I think everything

should be. I think

when you make things taboo,

even when feel like

you're protecting it,

it's not for the greater good.

We cannot close down

a conversation

about a set

of beliefs that lead to actions

which affect all of us.

All this stuff I was

taught about evolution

and big bang theory and all that

is lies straight

from the pit of hell.

This is the trouble

with ethics and morality

and the big questions

and the fact that

religionists think they

own that conversation.

Quite the contrary.

They kill that conversation.

And I think we follow people

who have courage, you know,

to think about things

that we haven't

thought about before,

and in these times,

where intolerance

is kind of championed,

I'm pretty impressed

that someone is

taking on the quest.

That's what I get

from these guys:

The permission to

question everything.

Richard, ten years ago,

I asked you the question

in the popular writing

and speaking that

you do, which is,

what's more important

in some sense

if you had a choice,

which is to explain science

or destroy religion?

Oh, I think that

they go together,

because "destroy religion"

makes it sound negative.


To me, it's positive.

Science is wonderful.

Science is beautiful.

And religion

is not wonderful.

It's not beautiful.

It gets in the way.

There are all sorts of

other things wrong with it,

but I mostly

care about truth,

the beauty of truth,

the poetry of reality,

which is science,

and the fact that religion,

as a scientific explanation...

It is a competing

scientific explanation...

It's so dull,

it's so boring,

it's so petty.

It's wrong too.

And it's also

wrong, yes.

Which I think

is a bit more...

more important, yeah.

I think the same as you.

I want people to understand

how the universe really works.

As an aside, ultimately,

is this other incompatibility

between science and religion

that when empirical evidence

tells you something,

you have to accept it...

When you give up that

by saying, "I can believe

this myth and fairy tale,"

then it opens you up

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Gus Holwerda

Gus Holwerda is an American film director. He wrote, directed, and produced the documentary The Unbelievers, which follows scientists Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins. more…

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