The Eye of the Storm (1970 film)

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The Eye of the Storm
Directed byWilliam Peters
StarringJane Elliott
Narrated byBill Beutel
Country of origin United States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerArthur Holch
ProducersWilliam Peters
Muriel Peters (associate producer)
Production locationsRiceville, Iowa
CinematographyBob Pasquale
EditorRobert Sandbo
Running time25 minutes
Production companyABC
DistributorCalifornia Newsreel
Picture formatColor
Original release
  • 1970 (1970)

The Eye of the Storm is a 1970 American television documentary[1] featuring schoolteacher Jane Elliott conducting her "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise in discrimination. The documentary is narrated by Bill Beutel and directed by William Peters.


William Peters follows Jane Elliott's schoolroom exercise of dividing an otherwise homogenous group of elementary school kids by their eye color.


This documentary was followed up with "A Class Divided",[2] a 1985 Frontline episode in which The Eye of the Storm is shown to the original participating students—now adults 15 years later—and Elliott is given a chance to find out how much of the lesson her students retained.[3]


  1. ^ Anthony, Andrew (October 17, 2009). "Jane Elliott, the American schoolmarm who would rid us of our racism". The Guardian. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  2. ^ "William Peters, 'Class Divided' Director, Has Died". NPR. June 2, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  3. ^ Mio, Jeffery Scott; Awakuni, Gene I. (2000). Resistance to Multiculturalism: Issues and Interventions. Routledge. pp. 110–111. ISBN 978-0876309544.

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