We Believe in Dinosaurs (2019)

  • 1h 13m
  • Clayton Brown
  • Monica Long Ross
  • United States
  • 2019


“An intriguing and unfortunately timely documentary…. The film captures a disturbing current in contemporary America.”
— Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

Can you believe in science and be a person of faith as well?

A small town in rural Kentucky finds itself at the centre of protests and controversy over an $120 million “life-size” Noah’s Ark, being built with the goal of proving that the Bible is scientifically and historically accurate.

Directors Monica Long Ross and Clayton Brown’s convincing and sometimes frightening film explores the big-business connections to fundamentalist religion.

Three characters guide us through this story of the tensions between science and religion in contemporary America. Doug creates lifelike animals for the Ark; Dan is a geologist who blows the whistle on the Ark’s discriminatory hiring practices; David is a former creationist who’s seen the light.

If all that Doug and his fellow creationists were doing was building an impressive if overtly religious theme park, they might be passed off as eccentric.

However, that’s not their intention. Ignoring both science and the inconvenient bits of the Bible, the Creationists believe that the dinosaurs were real – but that they were created 6,000 years ago and wiped out in a flood which humanity survived thanks only to Noah’s carpentry and navigational skills.

The creationists’ aim is not only to indoctrinate the masses, but to profit handsomely in the process. Apparently, despite what Matthew 6:24 says, a man can serve two masters.

We Believe in Dinosaurs invites its audiences
to think about big ideas, which is the best thing
that can be said about any film.”

Washington City Paper

It’s not so much the stupidity and gullibility of American fundamentalists which astounds – after all, America is hardly the only country where leaders for whom every day is a bad hair day convince their citizens to buy into ideas that benefit nobody but the leaders.

We Believe in Dinosaurs is a story about cynicism, in which audience-friendly dinosaurs become Trojan horses filled with men bent on vehement indoctrination.

When science denial starts in the White House, and 38 percent of Americans believe in creationism, films like We Believe in Dinosaurs make it clear that humanity still has a long way to go before learning not to repeat mistakes it’s already made.

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Previous festival selections include:


Clayton Brown


Monica Long Ross



Bonus Content

25 mins
Alex Lee interviews Monica Long Ross & Amy Ellison

Alex Lee interviews Monica Long Ross & Amy Ellison

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