Zeitgeist or not to Zeitgeist?

Peter Joseph the creator of the Zeitgeist movement
Peter Joseph the creator of the Zeitgeist movement

 

On his last public appearance in Salvador da Bahia, Peter Joseph, the creator of the Zeitgeist movement  and the Zeitgeist Trilogydiscussed contemporary Political Cinema with Cuban Film maker Miguel Coyula and Brazilian Media Professor Ivana Bentes.

However, during most of the debate and subsequent question time, the topic of the conversation shifted from contemporary Political Cinema to Joseph’s work and the zeitgeist movement.

Miguel Coyula, the director of Memorias del Desarollo, film shown during the film festival spoke about his filmmaking experience in both Cuba and the US and about differences between these two countries society and art’s environment. He said he feels that in Cuba he is more part of the Art Community than in the US and that this was because for him access to culture is much easier in Cuba.

Most questions directed to Peter were connected with the new way he proposes we can see the earth and its limited resources. This is detailed in the Zeitgeist movies.

The main argument raised by people against Peter Ideas were that his model of sustainable development was too fixed and inflexible and did not allow space for human diversity and cultural differences to be expressed. Some commented that the portrayal of the society of the future as happens in most of his movies are too “clean and high-tech” to be feasible.

 

Miguel Cayula talked about his film Memorias Del Desarrollo
Miguel Cayula talked about his film Memorias Del Desarrollo

Answering these arguments, Peter reinforced that we need to rethink what we understand as a community and on which grounds we determine them and thus manage our differences. For him, the only community that actually exists is the community formed by the whole planet and people that inhabit it .

early this week Peter spoke about a fourth film in the series click here to read more about it.

At the end of the debate, the film maker, Miguel Coyula, spoke about some of the challenges involved in filming Memorias del Desarrollo.This film was shot in both the US and Cuba and questions the western model of development.