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Zeitgeist Films

Overview
Works: 419 works in 1,354 publications in 6 languages and 58,549 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Drama  Biographical films  Biography  Historical films  Personal narratives  War films  Film adaptations 
Roles: fds, prn, Distributor, Producer, Actor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Zeitgeist Films
 
Most widely held works by Zeitgeist Films
The Corporation by Mark Achbar( Visual )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One hundred and fifty years ago, the Corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the Corporation is today's dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The Corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. In this complex, exhaustive and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the Corporation's increasing preeminence
Nirgendwo in Afrika = Nowhere in Africa by Caroline Link( Visual )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in German and held by 1,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a German Jewish family who travel to Kenya and spend the war years there. Each of the family members adapt differently to the exotic circumstances and come to deal with African life individually
Trouble the water by Carl Deal( Visual )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,273 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 : the final days = die letzten Tage( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in German and held by 1,154 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 )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,096 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 )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in Chinese and English and held by 1,074 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 verite, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan ... travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home's intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China's ascendance as an economic superpower"--Container
Manufacturing Consent : Noam Chomsky and the Media by Mark Achbar( Visual )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2018 in English and held by 1,009 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 952 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. Banned in India, this film was the first to confront lesbianism in that country
Manufactured Landscapes by Jennifer Baichwal( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 914 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
Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta( Visual )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and German and held by 875 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
Les glaneurs et la glaneuse = The gleaners and I by Agnès Varda( Visual )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in French and English and held by 869 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
Bill Cunningham New York by Richard Press( Visual )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2015 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
My Country, My Country by Laura Poitras( Visual )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in English and Arabic and held by 864 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
Lumumba by Raoul Peck( Visual )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in French and English and held by 815 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 )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 791 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 773 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 757 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 )

4 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in Persian and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Middle-aged Mr. Badii drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran, searching for someone to rescue him or bury him. A complex meditation on life and death. The second disc focuses on director, Abbas Kiarostami as he drives acrioss the hills surrounding Tehran with a single camera fixed inside his car. He imparts a series of fascinating insights into his method of filmmaking including scripting, casting, and the tremendous liberating impact of digital photography
Bombshell( Visual )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and '40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and Bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII
The oath( Visual )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 651 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. The Oath offers a rare window into a hidden realm and the international impact of the U.S. War on Terror
 
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English (149)

French (33)

German (23)

Chinese (11)

Persian (4)

Arabic (1)