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Zeitgeist Films

Overview
Works: 338 works in 1,200 publications in 7 languages and 57,129 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  History  Biographical films  Biography  Historical films  Personal narratives  War films  Interviews 
Roles: fds, prn, Distributor, Producer, Actor
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 Mark Achbar( Visual )

30 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 1,993 WorldCat member 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( Visual )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in German and held by 1,406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Jewish attorney fleeing the Nazi regime for a farm in Kenya, faces increasingly complicated familial relationships as they struggle to embrace their new life
Trouble the water by Carl Deal( Visual )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,278 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 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 : die letzten tage = the final days by Marc Rothemund( Visual )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in German and French and held by 1,241 WorldCat member 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
Into great silence by Philip Gröning( Visual )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,062 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
Last train home = Gui tu lie che by Lixin Fan( Visual )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 1,048 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 verité style, 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( Visual )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Fire by Deepa Mehta( Visual )

24 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 957 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 Jennifer Baichwal( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 919 WorldCat member 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( Visual )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and Arabic and held by 877 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 869 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 866 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, the director von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema. An Official Selection at the Toronto International and New York Jewish Film Festivals, Hannah Arendt also co-stars Klaus Pohl as philosopher Martin Heidegger, Nicolas Woodeson as New Yorker editor William Shawn, and two-time Oscar Nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) as novelist Mary McCarthy--adapted from the from Zeitgeist Films web page
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse = The gleaners and I by Agnès Varda( Visual )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in French and English and held by 847 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 )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in French and English and held by 809 WorldCat member 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
The horse boy by Rupert Isaacson( Visual )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 787 WorldCat member 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( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 786 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
Ballets Russes by Dayna Goldfine( Visual )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 786 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 )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 770 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 )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 650 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
Afghan star by Havana Marking( Visual )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Persian and held by 640 WorldCat member 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
 
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Zeitgeist Video (Firm)

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English (159)

German (39)

French (27)

Persian (13)

Chinese (10)

Arabic (1)

Iranian (1)

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