The Filmmaker, Elena Rossini
The Illusionists is a critically acclaimed documentary about the globalization of beauty ideals, filmed in 8 countries across 4 continents.
The Illusionists examines how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates, and the beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the world define beauty and see themselves. Taking us from Harvard to the halls of the Louvre Museum, from a cosmetic surgeon's office in Beirut to the heart of Tokyo's Electric Town, the film explores how these industries saturate our lives with narrow, Westernized, consumer-driven images of beauty that show little to no respect for biological realities or cultural differences. Features prominent sociologists, politicians, magazine editors, scientists, artists, and activists in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
WATCH THE TRAILER… (You can rent it for $4.99)
Here’s an interview : New York Magazine / The Cut – “Q&A: The Woman Trying to Ignite Discussion About the Globalization of Beauty Standards”
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