The Illusionists is a documentary about the marketing of unattainable beauty around the world.

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.

What people are saying about the film

The Illusionists is a game changer, opening up the body image conversation to a world wide audience.

Brian CubanAuthor of "Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder"

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"
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