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Zeitgeist Films

Works: 276 works in 932 publications in 7 languages and 56,594 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  History  Biographical films  Biography  Historical films  Personal narratives  War films  Interviews 
Roles: fds, Distributor, prn, Producer, Assignee
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Zeitgeist Films
Most widely held works by Zeitgeist Films
The Corporation by Costa-Gavras( Visual )

26 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 1,983 WorldCat member 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( Visual )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in German and held by 1,411 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 )

9 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 )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,226 WorldCat member 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 Le grand silence = Die grosse Stille by Sergio Corbucci( Visual )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in French and held by 1,085 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 Groning 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. Groning, 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( Visual )

18 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chomsky is an outspoken critic of the media. He maintains that mainstream coverage of world events mobilizes public support for the special interests that dominate government and the private sector, through a process he calls "manufacturing consent"
Last train home Gui tu lie che by Lixin Fan( Visual )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 1,009 WorldCat member 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
Fire by Deepa Mehta( Visual )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 992 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 )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 936 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 )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 911 WorldCat member 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 by Richard Press( Visual )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 874 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
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 829 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."
Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta( Visual )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and German and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presenta a la filósofa judío alemana Hannah Arendt, discípula de Heidegger, como testigo del juicio al criminal nazi Adolf Eichmann. Se recrea el trabajo de Arendt como periodista en este juicio y la evaluación moral que hace de él
Up the Yangtze by Yung Chang( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life surrounding the Yangtze is changing due to the Three Gorges Dam. Filmmaker Yung Chang goes on a farewell cruise that traverses the gargantuan waterway
Lumumba by Raoul Peck( Visual )

15 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in French and English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Patrice Lumumba, héros de l'indépendance congolaise, n'a pas trente ans lorsque les premiers soubresauts d'une décolonisation bâclée le propulsent sur le devant de la scène politique internationale. De fonctionnaire indigène au bureau de poste de Stanleyville, en passant par plusieurs séjours en prison pour vol ou pour incitation au désordre, il deviendra en l'espace de quelques années l'homme le plus vilipendé de cette période intensive de la guerre froide, période qui a mené le monde au bord d'un conflit mondial. Devenu Premier Ministre de l'un des pays les plus riches d'Afrique, son destin de héros tragique était tout tracé, son assassinat, dès lors, programmé. Il ne restera que trois mois au pouvoir."--Site web TV5Monde
The horse boy by Rupert Isaacson( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 800 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
Ballets Russes by Dayna Goldfine( Visual )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 789 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 Persian and Iranian and held by 762 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
Vision aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen = from the life of Hildegard von Bingen by Michael Jackson( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in German and held by 713 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
The oath( Visual )

4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 690 WorldCat member 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
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Nirgendwo in Afrika Nowhere in Africa
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English (122)

German (33)

French (24)

Persian (13)

Chinese (7)

Spanish (1)

Iranian (1)