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Last updated September 21, 2023

Zeitgeist: Addendum Poster

Zeitgeist: Addendum

2008 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Continuing the discussion from Zeitgeist: The Movie about the controversial links between religion and the financial markets, this documentary explores the causes of social corruption and puts forth a solution based on human alignment with nature.
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Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

This compelling documentary examines the current state of the global socioeconomic monetary paradigm and concludes that we need to transition to a new resource-based economy for our continued human and social survival.
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God of Wonders

2008 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Led by a selection of Christian authors, ministers and biblical scholars, this documentary makes a compelling argument for the theory that the universe is the creation of an intelligent being. With contributions from theologian John Whitcomb, Berean Call ministry founder Dave Hunt and others, the program examines many aspects of the physical world, from the complex structure of DNA to the formation of water molecules, that point to a divine plan.
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2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi presents himself as an enlightened guru from the East and builds a following of disciples in the West. "Kumare" acts as the centerpiece of a social experiment to explore and test one of the world's most sacred taboos.
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Compassion in Emptiness

2011 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Over the course of a three-day series of teachings and a public lecture, the Dalai Lama discusses numerous Buddhist tenets, such as maintaining compassion despite the pressures of modern society, achieving inner peace and living a responsible life.
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The Dhamma Brothers

2008 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Donaldson Correctional Facility -- an overcrowded, violent maximum-security prison, the end of the line in Alabama's prison system -- is dramatically changed by the introduction and influence of an ancient meditation program.
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Zeitgeist: The Movie

2007 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Peter Joseph explores the controversial links between organized religion, the global financial markets and the international power structure in this thought-provoking documentary that probes several well-known conspiracy theories.
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10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

2006 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

This fascinating documentary blends an interview with the Dalai Lama with a look back at the history of the spiritual leader and an exploration of the culture of the small city of Dharamsala, India, where His Holiness was exiled 50 years ago. After emailing the Dalai Lama to set up an interview, filmmaker Rick Ray spent the three months until the meeting getting a firsthand view of living conditions in Dharamsala and capturing it all on camera.
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With One Voice

2009 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Featuring mystics from many of the great spiritual traditions around the world, this illuminating documentary explores the unity of humanity, reveals our essential oneness and spreads the single message that binds all faiths together.
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The Human Experience

2008 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

In a world fraught with hostility and violence, an altruistic group of young men endeavor to understand the true essence of the human spirit by visiting forgotten souls such as homeless New Yorkers, Peruvian orphans and isolated Ghanian lepers. By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, this uplifting documentary shows viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful.
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Ram Dass: Fierce Grace

2001 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Spiritual guru Ram Dass attempts to recover from a stroke, which he dubs "fierce grace," in this documentary produced and directed by Mickey Lemle, a close friend of Dass for decades. Dass, author of the lauded &NFi;Be Here Now&NFi_;, was felled so severely by the illness that he became paralyzed -- but in true Ram Dass fashion, he saw it as a reason to look death in the face.
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The Daniel Project

2011 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

This thought-provoking examination of Biblical prophecies attempts to determine how accurately they've predicted modern events such as terrorism, climate change and armed conflict in the Middle East.
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The Power of Forgiveness

2007 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

In this emotional documentary, an Amish community rocked by a school shooting, survivors of Sept. 11, victims of the "troubles" of Northern Ireland and others share their views on how forgiveness has helped to alleviate their grief and resentment.
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Who Was Jesus?

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Experts from a variety of disciplines join forces in this Discovery Channel documentary that aims to demystify the life of Jesus, looking to science, archaeology and history to craft a more detailed and accurate portrait of Christ's world. An archaeological dig in the Holy Land unearths new evidence about Jesus's early years, and historical analysis of the economic and social climate sheds light on his role as both a prophet and a political leader.
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2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Filmmaker Paul Perry uses recent research to attempt to answer: Is there life after death? Through interviews with experts and accounts from those who've returned from the brink, the film makes the case that life continues long after the last breath.
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Eyewitness to Jesus

1998 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

This documentary follows journalist Matthew d'Ancona as he investigates the claims of scholar Carsten Peter Thiede, who argues that the "Magdalen" papyrus, fragments of ancient texts, proves that St. Matthew wrote his gospel soon after Christ lived.
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Raw Faith

2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

This documentary provides a candid look at the life of Marilyn Sewell, a Unitarian minister, as she follows her faith and progressive beliefs. While searching for meaning, she also searches for love, a sense of belonging and companionship.
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Rejoice & Shout

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Noted music documentarian Don McGlynn takes viewers on a journey through 200 years of African-American Christian music, using performance footage, audio, photos and interviews to document the history and power of gospel music.
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3 Magic Words

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

A woman awakens with amnesia after a suicide attempt, and her quest to find life's meaning anew introduces her to the great spiritual philosophies. Her fictional tale becomes a real-life primer in new age consciousness in this unique documentary.
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Beware of Christians

2011 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

This documentary follows four Christian college students from the United States who travel to Europe to explore what it really means to follow Jesus. Along the way, they examine the temptations of materialism, alcohol and sex.
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Who Was Jesus?

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

In this three-part documentary that aims to demystify Jesus Christ's life, experts from various fields join forces and look to science, archaeology and history to paint a detailed, accurate portrait -- from his early years to his role as a prophet.
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National Geographic: The Gospel of Judas

2005 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Narrated by actor Peter Coyote, this provocative National Geographic program chronicles the discovery of ancient writings that offer a drastically different view of the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver. With exclusive access to the documents collectively known as the Gospel of Judas, the show explores the possibility that one of the Bible's most notorious villains -- Judas Iscariot -- was instead a heroic figure.
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2008 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

This documentary follows the Dalai Lama through a full day, from 3 a.m. until he retires at sunset. The popular spiritual figure informally discusses his beliefs regarding the universe and the proper role of religion in contemporary society.
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2012: Time for Change

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

With many predicting doom for the planet in 2012, director Joao G. Amorim argues in this documentary that a global shift is indeed coming, but that people have the power to help the world change for the better.
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Sons of Perdition

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Following three teenage boys who've left a polygamist sect over a 2-year period, filmmakers Tyler Measom and Jennilyn Merten offer up a poignant portrayal of the overwhelming challenges these young men face as they try to live in mainstream society. Cut off completely from their families and everything they know, the boys struggle to support and educate themselves and try to help other family members break away.
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