Video

Biometrika

Simon Robertshaw

1987, 11:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 094.01

Drawing upon historical documentation and archive film/TV material, the tape draws parallels between the activities of the Eugenics Society, who lobbied parliament for legislation to allow for selective breeding, in the early twentieth century. It is also concerned with the Nazi's treatment of mentally handicapped or congenitally blind people, and the treatment of the mentally handicapped in contemporary Britain, particularly with reference to recent court cases concerning the sterilization of young women. The tape is hard-hitting at the same time as being visually inventive and very watchable. (from the LVA catalogue)

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