Sex sells. What sells even more? Insecurity. Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut to Tokyo. Their target? Women, and increasingly men and children. The Illusionists turns the mirror on media, exposing the absurd, sometimes humorous, and shocking images that seek to enslave us.
The Illusionists is a documentary about the marketing of unattainable beauty around the world.
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What people are saying about the film
As someone who is very involved in the conversation around body image after screening the movie, I can honestly state that The Illusionists is a game changer is opening up the body image conversation up to a world wide audience.Brian CubanAuthor of "Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder"
There are moments in history when one film or novel or song commands our collective attention and points to the undoing happening before our very eyes. The Illusionists is such a film.Kat GordonFounder, The 3% Conference
The genius of this piece is in its simplicity. A revelatory primer on the global manipulation of perception and consumption, The Illusionists should be required viewing in every school - and possibly every home.Joss WhedonFilm & TV director, screenwriter and producer (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
The Illusionists teases apart complex ideas about power, consumerism and beauty, and leaves the viewer feeling enlightened and ready to make change.Claire MyskoCEO at the National Eating Disorders Association
This film will help women (and men) gain some of the resilience they need to resist the most extreme media messages marketed to them that promote consumer culture and undermine healthy gender development and relationships in these times.Diane E. Levin, Ph.D.Professor of Education at Wheelock College
The Illusionists builds upon Jean Kilbourne’s pioneering work and offers a brilliant — and much-needed — analysis of advertising at a global level.Denise H. Sutton, PhDAuthor of "Globalizing Ideal Beauty: Women, Advertising, and the Power of Marketing"