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Out of the Cradle

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Doc on early humans promotes teamwork, communication.

TV Max Reality TV 2018
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This documentary is a fascinating look at the traits that define humanity and helped the species become the dominant force on the planet. Over a series of three episodes spliced together into a single documentary, Out of the Cradle uses the findings of anthropological experts and 3D reenactments to give viewers an immersive look at humanity's early days. Overall, the documentary gives a favorable, uplifting look at humanity's rise to prominence, focusing on positive traits such as compassion and empathy, communication across human settlements, and transferring ideas -- such as new hunting technologies like axes and spears -- to ensure success of the species. These traits are still with us today, helping us address some of humanity's most pressing issues.

The film quickly highlights how humanity has harmed environments and animal populations. Without addressing the current manmade climate change head-on, the documentary briefly discusses how our decision-making can chart the course for the rest of humanity's story going forward. With the bulk of the focus on humanity's ability to work together to solve problems, Out of the Cradle should leave viewers hopeful that humans will once again lean on their positive attributes to live within nature's means and write the next chapter of humanity on earth.

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