Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  51 minutes
Date:  1995
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Gods of Our Fathers

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There is nothing innate in patriarchy and militarism. We can change our culture.

The Gods of Our Fathers

Human nature is not fixed. We can and do reshape ourselves every time we change our culture. Nor is there anything natural or innate in male domination.

Host Gwynne Dyer explores the evolution of patriarchy and the subsequent rise of militarism in ancient Egypt. In ancient villages along the Nile, patriarchy was adopted as one effective way of organizing mass societies. But the world is different now, and it's time to find alternatives to hierarchies and militarization.

'Male domination is not natural, and neither is equality of the sexes- it all depends. Same goes for whether we are warlike or peaceful, democratic or authoritarian. Change the way we live, and you may also change the way we behave toward each other.' Gywnne Dyer.

'This study of the rise of patriarchy is effective and interesting.' Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution

'An outstanding effort, sure to inspire both serious thinking and fruitful debate. Highly recommended.' EDITOR'S CHOICE, Video Librarian

'Striking and well edited.' Booklist

'This is a fascinating series...deeply concerning by definition, but unable by circumstance to offer the quick-fix solution we all want.' The West Australian

'While many may see programs about overpopulation and other unpleasantries as depressing and futile, this series provides a glimmer of hope.' Niagara Falls Review


Silver Spire, San Francisco International Film Festival
Special Screening, Green Screen, London


Main credits

Dyer, Gwynne (Screenwriter)
Dyer, Gwynne (Host)
Henderson, Anne (Director)
Canell, Marrin (Producer)
Mullins, Catherine (Producer)

Other credits

Cinematographer, Kent Nason; editors, Anne Henderson, Yurij Luhovy; music, Osvaldo Montes.

Distributor credits

Catherine Mullins and Marrin Canell

Catherine Mullins and Marrin Canell
Anne Henderson
Green Lion Productions
Hosted by Gwynne Dyer

Docuseek2 subjects

Historical Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Historical Anthropology
Women's Studies
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Social Psychology

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Middle Eastern Studies
Social Psychology
Women's Studies


patriarchy, militarism, human nature, nature vs. nurture, male domination, ancient Egypt, matriarchy; "The Gods of Our Fathers"; Bullfrog Films

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