Zeitgeist: The Film Trilogy
The Zeitgeist film trilogy by Peter Joseph deals with, as the word Zeitgeist implies, the “intellectual, spiritual, cultural awareness of our time” and explores what makes us who we are, how we relate, what we are doing and what we should be doing if we wish to live on a peaceful, humane, sustainable and healthy planet.
The films have been a major catalyst in bringing a global debate about the fundamental flaws with the mainstream narrative, and the many positive alternatives, into the public domain.
Zeitgeist: The Movie
Zeitgeist: The Movie was originally a creative multi-media event presented over a 6-night period in New York City in 2007, with recorded music, live instruments and video.
Heavily critiquing religion, politics, 9/11 and our motives for war, and the economic system itself, the film became a controversial global sensation with the last released combined estimates putting the number of internet views at over 300 million as of 2013.
The arguments made in the movie caused great upset among the religious, American patriot and monetary/capitalist communities worldwide, prompting Peter Joseph to release a free 220 page Companion Source Guide to openly show his sources and the reasoning for his arguments in the film.
The 2008 sequel, Zeitgeist: Addendum, brought global attention to The Venus Project, introducing a money-free resource-based economy as a possible solution to the systemic problems introduced in Zeitgeist: The Movie.
These two films helped ignite many of today’s global transformation projects for a money-free world, including The Free World Charter, Collective Evolution, New Earth Nations, the UBUNTU Liberation Movement, and The Zeitgeist Movement.
Zeitgeist: Moving Forward
In 2011, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward was released simultaneously in over 30 languages in over 60 countries with over 340 screenings worldwide, making it likely “the largest independent documentary release” of its kind.
In this third and final documentary in the series, Peter Joseph goes into greater depth about how the fundamental mechanics of the current system actually cause the patterns of behavior and unsustainable methods of conduct that then lead to the vast spectrum of detrimental personal, social, and environmental problems we see today, at the same time expanding on how a resource-based economy would solve all of these problems.
In 2011, it was also announced that a fourth film, Zeitgeist: Beyond The Pale, might be created.
However Peter Joseph, who likes “to walk the line between art and intellect, academia and poetry”, decided that he would leave the documentary style behind and instead explore an experimental style that combines fantasy and abstraction with narrative-based, live-action for his new film series, beginning with InterReflections I.
The Zeitgeist film series is offered completely free at zeitgeistmovie.com
New for Teachers and Students
Social Transformation (2015) is a film short that I made inspired by the Zeitgeist film trilogy.
Social Transformation combines the conclusion of Zeitgeist: The Movie with director Peter Joseph’s inspiring feature film visualisation of how social transformation could occur from the original film’s two sequels.
Social Transformation invites the viewer to watch the Zeitgeist trilogy, consider if social transformation into an advanced global money-free world could take place, and ask, “If I were to design a new better world, what would it be like?”
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