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Zeitgeist Films

Works: 356 works in 968 publications in 6 languages and 57,711 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  History  Biographical films  Biography  Historical films  Personal narratives  War films  Interviews 
Roles: fds, Distributor, prn, Producer
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 )
27 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,992 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( visu )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in German and held by 1,413 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( visu )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,286 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( visu )
19 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,245 libraries worldwide
The true story of a young woman who did what few in Nazi Germany dared even think. Nominated Best Foreign Language Film, 78th Annual Academy Awards® The true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to thrilling life in the multi-award winning drama Sophie Scholl- the final days. Academy Award® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film of 2005, Sophie Scholl stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the young coed-turned-fearless activist. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a heart-stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence. In 1943, as Hitler continues to wage war across Europe, a group of college students mount an underground resistance movement in Munich. Dedicated expressly to the downfall of the monolithic Third Reich war machine, they call themselves the White Rose. One of its few female members, Sophie Scholl is captured during a dangerous mission to distribute pamphlets on campus with her brother Hans. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to the White Rose, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. --Kanopy
Into great silence by Philip Groning( visu )
4 editions published in 2007 in French and held by 1,076 libraries worldwide
The Grande Chartreuse, considered one of the world's most ascetic monasteries is based in the French Alps. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back with him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks' quarters for six months - filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals, and rare outdoor excursions
Manufacturing Consent : Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar( visu )
15 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,019 libraries worldwide
Explores the political life and times of the controversial author, linguist, and radical philosopher Noam Chomsky. Focuses on Chomsky's analysis of the hidden use of ideological manipulation in democratic societies
Last train home = Gui tu lie che by Lixin Fan( visu )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 1,015 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
Fire by Deepa Mehta( visu )
18 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 986 libraries worldwide
Banned in India, this film was the first to confront lesbianism in that country
Manufactured Landscapes by Jennifer Baichwal( visu )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 946 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( visu )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 931 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( visu )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 897 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
Up the Yangtze by Chang Yung( visu )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 837 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
Lumumba by Raoul Peck( visu )
16 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in French and English and held by 811 libraries worldwide
Lumumba tells the story of the legendary African leader Patrice Emery Lumumba, who rose rapidly to the office of Prime Minister when Belgium conceded the Congo's independence in June, 1960
The horse boy by Rupert Isaacson( visu )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 796 libraries worldwide
Home use only
Ballets Russes by Dayna Goldfine( visu )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 788 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( visu )
12 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in Persian and Iranian [Other] and held by 764 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
Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta( visu )
15 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and German and held by 759 libraries worldwide
A brilliant biopic of 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, von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion for thought into dramatic cinema
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse = The gleaners and I by Agnès Varda( visu )
2 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 749 libraries worldwide
"Varda's most recent effort-- the first filmed with a digital videocamera-- 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."
The oath ( visu )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 719 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
Vision : aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen = from the life of Hildegard von Bingen ( visu )
3 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in German and held by 708 libraries worldwide
The story of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun, who was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecologicial activist. She was one of the first women to preach and interpret Biblical scripture
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English (121)
German (36)
French (17)
Persian (11)
Chinese (6)
Iranian [Other] (1)
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