Zeitgeist is a series of documentary films directed by Peter Joseph.
While each film stands on its own with regard to content, the Zeitgeist Film Series as a whole has a dedicated social intent to create awareness about the world we share, the problems we face, along with what we can do to make it better as a collective species.
As the definition of “Zeitgeist” states, we are dealing with the “intellectual-spiritual-cultural awareness of the time” and it is the goal of this project to explore what makes us who we are, how we relate, what we are doing and what we should be doing if we wish to live in a peaceful, abundant, and healthy global community.
As alluded to above, the history of “Zeitgeist: The Movie” is not what many assume. The original Zeitgeist was not a film, but a performance piece, which consisted of a vaudevillian style multi-media event using recorded music, live instruments and video. The work was designed as a creative, provoking, emotionally driven expression, full of artistic extremity and heavily stylized gestures.
In turn, the decision was made to make a follow up in 2008 entitled “Zeitgeist: Addendum“. Originally this was going to conclude the Series, introducing ideas of resolve for some of our ongoing social problems.
Yet, this work succeeded in sparking a mass shift of attention, inspiring the development of an activist organization now called The Zeitgeist Movement.
“The Zeitgeist Movement”, works globally to spread information about a new social reform ideas. However, this is an aside – the Zeitgeist Film Series, while an inspiration for The Movement which shares the term “Zeitgeist”, is not to be confused with the content/views of the films in detail, which are personal to Peter Joseph alone.
On January 15, 2011, the third of the series, “Zeitgeist: Moving Forward“, was released independently in over 60 countries and in over 30 languages with over 340 screenings worldwide. Likely the largest independent documentary release of its kind in history. This more traditional, interview-based documentary focuses on the very fabric of the social order: Monetary-Market Economics.