“The Illusionists teases apart complex ideas about power, consumerism and beauty, and leaves the viewer feeling enlightened and ready to make change. This is an inspiring documentary with a unique global perspective!”

– Claire Mysko | CEO at the National Eating Disorders Association

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.

Praise for The Illusionists

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)

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 LevinProfessor of Education at Wheelock College | Co-Author of So Sexy So Soon

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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Watch The Illusionists
at Home

The director’s cut of The Illusionists (85 minute version) is now available on VHX.tv for home use. You can rent it for $4.99 or buy it (as a digital download) for $8.99 and watch it immediately.

Buy The Illusionists for
your non-profit organization

Are you interested in organizing a screening of The Illusionists for your non-profit organization? You can order The Illusionists via our educational distributor: the Media Education Foundation.

Buy The Illusionists for
your school or library

You can order The Illusionists via our educational distributor: the Media Education Foundation. You can choose from a wide variety of rental and purchase options: 1-week, 1-year, and 3-year streaming licenses and/or a physical DVD. The full-length educational version of the film (52 minutes) and an abridged version (43 minutes — edited for language and content for younger viewers) are both included on the same DVD.

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