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Zeitgeist Films

Overview
Works: 315 works in 1,027 publications in 8 languages and 57,597 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  History  Biographical films  Biography  Historical films  Personal narratives  War films  Interviews 
Roles: fds, prn, Distributor, Producer
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Zeitgeist Films
 
Most widely held works by Zeitgeist Films
The Corporation by Costa-Gavras( Visual )

33 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 2,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary examines the nature, evolution, impact and possible futures of the modern business corporation
Nirgendwo in Afrika = Nowhere in Africa by Caroline Link( Visual )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in German and held by 1,404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critically acclaimed, this is the award winning true tale of a Jewish family who flee the Nazi regime in 1938 and learns to cope with their new life, and each other, on a remote farm in Kenya
Trouble the water by Carl Deal( Visual )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary takes the viewer inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never seen on screen. Incorporating home footage shot by Kimberly Rivers Roberts -- an aspiring rap artist trapped with her husband in the 9th ward -- directors/producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal weave this insider's view of Katrina with a devastating protrait of the hurricane's aftermath. Trouble the Water takes audiences on a journey that is by turns heart-stopping, infuriating, inspiring and empowering. It is not only about the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, but about the underlying issues that remained when the flood waters receded -- failing public schools, record high levels of incarceration, poverty, structural racism and lack of government accountability
Sophie Scholl : die letzten tage = the final days by Marc Rothemund( Visual )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The film depicts the last six days (February 17-22, 1943) in the life of Sophie Scholl from her own perspective: that of a courageous and vibrant young woman who is willing to face death for her belief in her ideals and those of the White Rose, an underground resistance movement to which she belongs. Through their resistance and protest against the Nazi regime, Sophie and her fellow members of the White Rose become synonymous with civil courage and a peaceful struggle against the rule of violence and oppression."--Container
Into great silence by Philip Gröning( Visual )

6 editions published in 2007 in French and English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the daily lives of a group of monks, who have taken a vow of silence, living in the Carthusian monastery of the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps
Manufacturing Consent : Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar( Visual )

18 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chomsky criticizes the media for its roles in shaping how we view our world and its undue influence in the political decision-making process
Last train home = Gui tu lie che by Lixin Fan( Visual )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 1,019 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verite, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan ... travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home's intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China's ascendance as an economic superpower."--Container
Fire by Deepa Mehta( Visual )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a barren, arranged marriage to an amateur swami who seeks enlightenment through celibacy, Radha's life takes an irresistible turn when her beautiful young sister-in-law seeks to free herself from the confines of her own loveless marriage and [falls] into the supple embrace of Radha."--Container
Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Burtynsky has gained international recognition for his photographs of what he calls manufactured landscapes. He argues that we have reached past the point now where we are at the mercy of the environment--our planet now lives and dies at our mercy. This is not meant to be a frightening concept, though many of the images are sobering, in this chilling but ultimately beautiful documentary on what industrialization is doing to man and the world as we know it. Or used to know it. Manufactured Landscapes tells the story of these images, and how Burtynsky came to be so fascinated with the concept of human design. It follows a recent photo shoot in China, photographing the effects of that country's massive industrial revolution, showing us a glimpse of what it's like behind the scenes for a famous photographer in action
My Country, My Country by Laura Poitras( Visual )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Arabic and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary providing an intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. The principal focus is Dr. Riyadh, an Iraqi medical doctor, father of six, and Sunni political candidate who is an outspoken critic of the occupation but passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq. As his waiting room is filled daily with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence, Dr. Riyadh struggles to understand the tragic contradiction of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and its project to spread democracy through the Middle East
Bill Cunningham New York by Richard Press( Visual )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary on New York times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, Cunningham "has been chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns 'On the Street' and 'Evening Hours."--Container
Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta( Visual )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and German and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biopic of Hannah Arendt, the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. "Arendt's reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker -- controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils -- introduced her now-famous concept of the 'Banality of Evil.' Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, [director] von Trotta...turns the often-invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema." -- Container
Up the Yangtze by Yung Chang( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A "farewell cruise" takes a luxury ship up the vast Yangtze River shortly before completion of the massive Three Gorges Dam. The passengers glimpse a rapidly changing countryside, while the local people struggle to adapt as their lives are irrevocably altered
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse = The gleaners and I by Agnès Varda( Visual )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in French and English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

". . . focuses on gleaners, those who gather the spoils left after a harvest, as well as those who mine the trash. Some completely exist on the leavings; others turn them into art, exercise their ethics, or simply have fun. The director likens gleaning to her own profession - that of collecting images, stories, fragments of sound, light, and color."--Www.imdb.com
Lumumba by Raoul Peck( Visual )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in French and English and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Patrice Lumumba, héros de l'indépendance congolaise, n'a pas trente ans lorsque les premiers soubresauts d'une décolonisation bâclée le propulsent sur le devant de la scène politique internationale. De fonctionnaire indigène au bureau de poste de Stanleyville, en passant par plusieurs séjours en prison pour vol ou pour incitation au désordre, il deviendra en l'espace de quelques années l'homme le plus vilipendé de cette période intensive de la guerre froide, période qui a mené le monde au bord d'un conflit mondial. Devenu Premier Ministre de l'un des pays les plus riches d'Afrique, son destin de héros tragique était tout tracé, son assassinat, dès lors, programmé. Il ne restera que trois mois au pouvoir."--Site web TV5Monde
The horse boy by Rupert Isaacson( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Ballets Russes by Dayna Goldfine( Visual )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fame, glamour, ego, politics, money, war, love, and dance: essential elements that made up more than fifty years in the lives of a group of revolutionary artists. This is the story of an extraordinary merger of Russian, American, European, and Latin American dancers who collaborated with composers, choreographers, and designers to transform the face of ballet for generations to come. The film maps the company's Diaghilev-era beginnings in turn-of-the-century Paris to its halcyon days in the 1930s and '40s--when the Ballets Russes toured America and the world, astonishing audiences with artistry never before seen--to its demise in the 1950s and '60s when rising costs, rocketing egos, outside competition, and internal mismanagement ultimately brought this revered company to its knees. Infused with juicy anecdotal interviews from many of the company's glamorous stars, this is a brief yet fascinating history of a groundbreaking company
Taʹm e guilass = Taste of cherry by Abbas Kiarostami( Visual )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in Persian and Iranian and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A suicidal fellow drives through Tehran offering people rides and soliciting their assistance to help him end his life. Each passenger suggests reasons why he should abandon such dour plans
The oath( Visual )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A spectacularly gripping documentary that unfolds like a great political thriller. It's the cross-cut tale of two men whose fateful meeting propelled them on divergent courses with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, 9/11, Guantanamo, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Looks at the lives of Abu Jandal, Osama Bin Laden's bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, Bin Laden's driver. The Oath offers a rare window into a hidden realm and the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror
Vision : aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen = from the life of Hildegard von Bingen by Margarethe von Trotta( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in German and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun, who was one of the first women to preach and interpret Biblical scripture
 
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Nirgendwo in Afrika = Nowhere in Africa
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Zeitgeist Video (Firm)

Languages
English (141)

German (38)

French (24)

Persian (11)

Chinese (7)

Arabic (1)

Iranian (1)

Spanish (1)

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