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Zeitgeist Films

Overview
Works: 321 works in 771 publications in 6 languages and 51,188 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Biography  Personal narratives  Interviews  Film adaptations  Pictorial works  Case studies  Trials, litigation, etc  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Distributor, Producer, Assignee
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Publications about Zeitgeist Films
Publications by Zeitgeist Films
Most widely held works by Zeitgeist Films
The corporation by Mark Achbar( visu )
16 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,961 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 )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in German and held by 1,321 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 )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,259 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
Into great silence Le grand silence = Die grosse Stille by Philip Gröning( visu )
3 editions published in 2007 in French and held by 1,046 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
Fire by Deepa Mehta( visu )
15 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 1,039 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
Manufacturing consent Noam Chomsky and the media by Mark Achbar( visu )
14 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,034 libraries worldwide
Home use only
Sophie Scholl die letzten tage = the final days by Marc Rothemund( visu )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in German and held by 962 libraries worldwide
The true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine, Sophie Scholl, the fearless activist of the underground student resistance group, The White Rose. The last six days of Sophie Scholl's life is dramatized, from arrest to interrogation, trial, and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, 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
Last train home Gui tu lie che ( visu )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 956 libraries worldwide
Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world's largest human migration--an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Director Lixin Fan draws us into the fractured lives of a single migrant family caught up in this desperate annual migration. Sixteen years ago, the Zhangs abandoned their young children to find work in the city, consoled by the hope that their wages would lift their children into a better life. But in a bitter irony, the Zhangs' hopes for the future are undone by their very absence. Qin, the daughter they left behind, has grown into adolescence crippled by a sense of abandonment. In an act of teenage rebellion, she drops out of school. She too will become a garment factory worker. The decision is a heartbreaking blow for the parents. Last Train Home follows the Zhangs' attempts to change their daughter's course and repair their ruptured family
Manufactured landscapes by Jennifer Baichwall( visu )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 893 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 878 libraries worldwide
Documentary providing an intimate portrait of Iraqis living under U.S. occupation. The principal focus is Dr. Riyadh (Riyadh al-Adhadh), 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 ( visu )
4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 799 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 790 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 )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in French and English and held by 789 libraries worldwide
When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36-year-old, self-educated Lumumba became the first Prime Minister of the newly-independent state. Called "the politico of the bush" by journalists of the day, he became a lightning rod of Cold War politics as his vision of a united Africa gained him powerful enemies in Belgium and the U.S. Lumumba would last just months in office before being brutally assassinated. DVD
Ballets Russes ( visu )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 775 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 ( visu )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 770 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
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse The gleaners and I ( visu )
2 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 768 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."--Www.imdb.com
Taste of cherry Taʹm e guilass by Abbas Kiarostami( visu )
10 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in Persian and No Linguistic Content and held by 736 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
Afghan star by Havana Marking( visu )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Persian and held by 656 libraries worldwide
Afghan StarAfter thirty years of war and five devastating years of Taliban rule, pop culture is beginning to return to Afghanistan. Since 2005, millions have been tuning in to Tolo TV's wildly popular American Idol-style series Afghan Star. Like its Western predecessors, contestants compete for a cash prize and record deal. More surprisingly, the contest is open to everyone across the country despite gender, ethnicity or age. And when viewers vote for their favorites via cell phone, it is, for many, their first encounter with the democratic process. This timely and moving film follows the dramatic stories of four young finalists-two men and two very brave women-as they hazard everything to become the nation's favorite performer. By observing the Afghani people's relationship to their pop culture, Afghan Star is the perfect window into a country's tenuous, ongoing struggle for modernity. What Americans consider frivolous entertainment is downright revolutionary in this embattled part of the world. Director of photography PHIL STEBBING Editor ASH JENKINS Executive Producers MARTIN HERRING MIKE LERNER JAHID MOHSENI and SAAD MOHSENI produced by ROAST BEEF PRODUCTIONS KABOORA and REDSTART MEDIA in association with CHANNEL 4 BRITDOC FOUNDATION and MORE4 directed by HAVANA MARKINGafghanstar.tv * afghanstardocumentary.com
The oath ( visu )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 603 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. The Oath offers a rare window into a hidden realm and the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror
Stranded I've come from a plane that crashed on the mountains-- ( visu )
1 edition published in 2009 in Spanish and held by 565 libraries worldwide
On October 13, 1972, a young rugby team from Montevideo, Uruguay, boarded a plane for a match in Chile, then vanished into thin air. Sixteen of the 45 passenger resurfaced, 72 days after their plane crashed. Thirty-five years later, the survivors returned to tell their story in their own words
 
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Zeitgeist Video (Firm)
Languages
English (89)
German (14)
French (12)
Persian (10)
Chinese (5)
Spanish (1)
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