Zeitgeist the Movie is a 2007 non-profit web film produced by Peter Joseph that characterizes American culture in light of myth of god, country, and prosperity. The film is divided into three parts - Part I: "The Greatest Story Ever Told", Part II: "All The World's A Stage", and Part III: "Don't Mind The Men Behind The Curtain" - and discusses topics that include respectively Christianity, the attacks of 9/11, and the Federal Reserve Bank. A remastered version was presented as a global premiere on November 10, 2007 at the 4th Annual Artivist Film Festival & Artivist Awards. Until now, the film has been viewed over 5 million times.
Part I: "The Greatest Story Ever Told"
Part I evaluates Christian beliefs established in the Bible and critiques the historicity of the Bible. In furtherance of the Jesus myth hypothesis, this part argues that the historical Jesus is a literary and astrological hybrid, and that the Bible is based on astrological principles documented by many ancient civilizations, especially pertaining to movement of the sun through the sky and stars.
Part II: "All The World's a Stage"
Part II asserts that the United States was warned about the impending September 11, 2001 attacks, that NORAD was purposely confused through wargames to allow the planes to reach their targets, and that the World Trade Center buildings underwent a controlled demolition. Additionally, the film argues that some of the named hijackers are still alive, that Hani Hanjour could not have flown Flight 77 into the Pentagon, that the Bush Administration covered up the truth in the 9/11 Commission Report, and that the mainstream media has failed to ask important questions about the official account.
Part III: "Don't Mind The Men Behind The Curtain"
Part III asserts that the powerful bankers of the world have been conspiring for world domination and increased power. According to the documentary, the rich of society have been using their wealth to increase financial panic and foster a consolidation of independent competing banks. The film details the Theory of Electronic Conspiracy that the Federal Reserve System, the central banking system of the United States, was created in order to steal the wealth of the nation. It showcases the amount of money that has been made by these rich few during World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and now the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It describes the goal of these bankers as world power over a completely controllable public.