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Zeitgeist Films

Overview
Works: 369 works in 1,002 publications in 7 languages and 57,667 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 Mark Achbar( Visual )

30 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,992 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 )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in German and held by 1,411 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 learn 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 1,286 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 )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in German and English and held by 1,248 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 )

8 editions published in 2007 in French and English and held by 1,074 WorldCat member 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 Gr?ning 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. Gr?ning, sans crew or artificial lighting, lived in the monks' quarters for six months - filming their daily prayers, tasks, rituals, and rare outdoor excursions
Last train home = Gui tu lie che by Lixin Fan( Visual )

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

Cuando llega el Año Nuevo en China, más de 130 millones de trabajadores regresan a sus casas para reunirse con sus familias, constituyendo la migración humana más caudalosa del mundo. El matrimonio Zhang realiza un arduo viaje de 50 horas para volver a ver a su hija Qin, resentida con ellos por haberla dejado a cargo de sus abuelos. La adolescente ha decidido dejar los estudios y ponerse a trabajar en busca de dinero rápido, lo que provoca el disgusto de su familia. Las poderosas imágenes del film envuelven una crónica implacable sobre quienes tratan de entender su posición en la nueva economía china, un país atrapado entre un brillante futuro industrial y su pasado rural
Manufacturing Consent : Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar( Visual )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the political life and times of the controversial author, linguist and radical philosopher, Noam Chomsky. Highlighting his analysis of media, Chomsky focuses on democratic societies where populations not disciplined by force are subject to more subtle forms of ideological control
Fire by Deepa Mehta( Visual )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banned in India, this film was the first to confront lesbianism in that country. 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
Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 947 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 )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Arabic and held by 920 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 908 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 836 WorldCat member 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
Up the Yangtze by Yung Chang( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 827 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
Lumumba by Raoul Peck( Visual )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in French and English and held by 812 WorldCat member 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
The horse boy by Rupert Isaacson( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Ballets Russes by Dayna Goldfine( Visual )

9 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 )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in Persian and Iranian and held by 765 WorldCat member 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
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse = The gleaners and I by Agnès Varda( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in French and held by 747 WorldCat member 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
The oath( Visual )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 718 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( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in German and held by 706 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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Zeitgeist Video (Firm)

Languages
English (129)

German (37)

French (20)

Persian (10)

Chinese (6)

Arabic (1)

Iranian (1)

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