Jon Amielm's film
explores the life of Charles Darwin and his quest for answers involving the creation of the human beast.
examines Darwin's journey to explain creation after his beloved daughter Annie died from what we now call tuberculosis at the age of ten in 1851.
Annie's illness changed the scope of the Darwin family. Charles and his wife Emma's belief systems were forever altered when the child took her last breath.
Emma Darwin was a deeply religious woman who took solace in the belief that Annie was in heaven.
For Charles though the death increased his drive concerning the evolution of man. He had written his essay, On The Origin Of Species in 1844. Annie's death only strengthened his views that death was the natural process and not God ordained.
Annie's death was the motivation Darwin needed to further explore his theories.
The United States has struggled with the scientific theories on how humans evolved. Many of the schools in the nation still teach only the Biblical theories of the human race.
The theories to this day divide houses in some parts of the world. So much so that not one single American distributor is willing to take a chance on airing the movie.
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"Charles Darwin is, I suppose, the hero of the film. But we tried to make the film in a very even-handed way. Darwin wasn't saying 'kill all religion', he never said such a thing, but he is a totem for people," the producer said.
The film opened the Toronto Film Festival
. In the past opening films at the Festival have made it to the Oscars such as last year's "Slumdog Millionaire."