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Zeitgeist Films

Works: 339 works in 1,206 publications in 8 languages and 57,382 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Drama  Biographical films  Biography  Historical films  Personal narratives  War films  Interviews 
Roles: fds, prn, Distributor, Producer, Actor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Publications about Zeitgeist Films
Publications by Zeitgeist Films
Most widely held works about Zeitgeist Films
Most widely held works by Zeitgeist Films
The Corporation by Mark Achbar( visu )
30 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 1,988 libraries worldwide
The Corporation charts the spectacular rise of the corporation as a dramatic, pervasive presence in our everyday lives. With a deft mix of humor, visual panache and seriousness, this documentary is a timely, entertaining critique of global conglomerates
Nirgendwo in Afrika = Nowhere in Africa by Caroline Link( visu )
16 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in German and held by 1,406 libraries worldwide
Critically acclaimed, this is the award winning true tale of a Jewish family who flee the Nazi regime in 1938 and learn to cope with their new life, and each other, on a remote farm in Kenya
Trouble the water by Carl Deal( visu )
14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,273 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 portrait 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 : the final days = die letzten tage by Marc Rothemund( visu )
20 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,227 libraries worldwide
The true story of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German WWII anti-Nazi resistance movement, the White Rose
Into great silence by Philip Gröning( visu )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,072 libraries worldwide
The Grande Chartreuse, considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries is based in the French Alps. This documentary shows life in the Grande Chartreuse monastery, home of the Carthusian Order. Using extended shots, no interviews, and no music other than that of the monks' own chanting, looks at the monks' days centered on contemplation, work, and study
Last train home = Gui tu lie che by Lixin Fan( visu )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 1,052 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
Manufacturing Consent : Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar( visu )
20 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 995 libraries worldwide
A series of six discussion starter videotapes. Segments are drawn from the film, Manufacturing consent, and are designed for educational use
Fire by Deepa Mehta( visu )
24 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 949 libraries worldwide
Young woman accepts an arranged marriage into a traditional New Delhi family, she finds postnuptial life a boring round of cooking, cleaning, and looking after people who barely seem to notice she's alive. Drawn to her equally neglected sister-in-law she falls in love for the first time, and the fallout of their affair shakes everyone around her to the core
Manufactured Landscapes by Jennifer Baichwal( visu )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 915 libraries worldwide
This is a striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of "manufactured landscapes" -- quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams -- Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization's materials and debris. 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. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and 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. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky's photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste
My Country, My Country by Laura Poitras( visu )
9 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and Arabic and held by 871 libraries worldwide
Filmed in Baghdad, My Country, My Country tells the story of Dr Riyadh, an Iraqi doctor, father of six and Sunni political candidate. An outspoken critic of the US occupation, he is equally passionate about the need to establish democracy in Iraq, arguing that Sunni participation in the January 2005 elections is essential. Yet all around him, Dr Riyadh sees only chaos, as his waiting room fills each day with patients suffering the physical and mental effects of ever-increasing violence. Dramatically interwoven into the personal journey of Dr Riyadh is the landscape of the US military occupation, private security contractors, American journalists and the UN officials who orchestrate the elections
Bill Cunningham New York by Richard Press( visu )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 869 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( visu )
16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and German and held by 866 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
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse = The gleaners and I by Agnès Varda( visu )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in French and English and held by 852 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."
Lumumba by Raoul Peck( visu )
19 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in French and English and held by 812 libraries worldwide
Patrick Lumumba, héroe de la independencia congolesa solo tenía treinta años cuando los primeros sobresaltos de una descolonización mal acabada lo llevan a la escena política internacional. Pasó de funcionario indígena al puesto de oficina de Stanleyville, pasando varias ocasiones por la cárcel por causa de robo o por incitación al desorden. Se convertirá en cuestión de algunos años el hombre más vilipendiado de este período intenso de la guerra fría. Período que llevó el mundo al borde de un conflicto mundial. Convertido en el Primer Ministro de uno de los países más ricos de África, su destino de héroe trágico estaba ya escrito, su asesinato ya programado. Solo estará en el poder tres meses. Sus asesinos solo tenían que deshacerse de su cuerpo
Ballets Russes by Dayna Goldfine( visu )
11 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 783 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
The horse boy by Rupert Isaacson( visu )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 781 libraries worldwide
Follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in an attempt to find healing for him. When two-year-old Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer, and his wife Kristin sought the best possible medical care, but traditional therapies had little effect. They discovered that Rowan has a profound affinity for animals, particularly horses, and the family set off on a quest that would change their lives forever
Up the Yangtze by Yung Chang( visu )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 779 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
Taʹm e guilass = Taste of cherry by Abbas Kiarostami( visu )
15 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 772 libraries worldwide
Mr. Badii, ceaselessly driving through the red-brown hills around Tehran in search of assistance in his suicide, receives from each of the men he asks for help a viewpoint on life
The oath ( visu )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 651 libraries worldwide
Filmé au Yémen et à Guantánamo Bay à Cuba, "The Oath" entremêle les histoires d'Abu Jandal, ancien garde du corps d'Oussama ben Laden, et Salim Hamdan prisonnier à Guantanamo accusé de crimes de guerre et qui feront face à la Cour Suprême des États-Unis
Afghan star by Havana Marking( visu )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Persian and held by 635 libraries worldwide
In Afghanistan you risk your life to sing. After thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to the country. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American idol-style series, Afghan star. Like its Western predecessors, people compete for a cash prize and record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity, or age
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Zeitgeist Video (Firm)
English (161)
German (37)
French (29)
Persian (14)
Chinese (10)
Arabic (1)
Spanish (1)
Iranian [Other] (1)
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