Documentary films about religion

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  1. Zeitgeist

    Zeitgeist (2007)


    Zeitgeist: The Movie is a 2007 documentary-style film by Peter Joseph. It presents a number of conspiracy theory-based ideas, such as the Christ myth theory and conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and argues that bankers manipulate world events and the international monetary system.

  2. Reincarnated

    Reincarnated (2012)


    Reincarnated is a documentary film about the musician Snoop Dogg's explorations of reggae and Rastafarian culture, and his transformation into Snoop Lion. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2012, and was released to theaters March 21, 2013. It is a companion film to his 12th studio album, Reincarnated. The film was shot by Andy Capper of Vice Magazine.

  3. Oh My God

    Oh My God (2009)


    Oh My God is a 2009 documentary by filmmaker Peter Rodger. The filmmaker asked people across the world the question "What is God?" Notable figures interviewed include Ringo Starr, Hugh Jackman, David Copperfield, Seal, Bob Geldof, Baz Luhrmann, Jack Thompson, Princess Michael of Kent and Lawrence Blair.

  4. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

    Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)


    Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, is a 2006 documentary film made by Firelight Media, produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. The documentary reveals new footage of the incidents surrounding the Peoples Temple and its leader Jim Jones who led over 900 members of his religious group to a settlement in Guyana called Jonestown, where he orchestrated a mass suicide with poisoned Flavor Aid, in 1978. It is in the form of a narrative with interviews with former Temple members, Jonestown survivors, and persons who knew Jones at various stages.

  5. Heaven

    Heaven (1987)


    Heaven is a 1987 documentary film about beliefs concerning the afterlife and heaven in particular. The film was written and directed by Diane Keaton, and features a soundtrack by Howard Shore.

  6. David Wants to Fly

    David Wants to Fly (2010)


    David Wants to Fly is a 2010 German documentary film that follows its director, Berlin-based, film school graduate David Sieveking, as he interacts with his film hero David Lynch, and explores the Transcendental Meditation movement. The film chronicles a period of time in Sieveking's life that includes his off-and-on relationship with his girlfriend as well as his travels to the United States, Holland and India. The film has received awards and honorable mentions as well as criticism.

  7. Trembling Before G-d

    Trembling Before G-d (2001)


    Trembling Before G-d is an 2001 American documentary film about gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews trying to reconcile their sexuality with their faith. It was directed by Sandi Simcha DuBowski, an American who wanted to compare Orthodox Jewish attitudes to homosexuality with his own upbringing as a gay Conservative Jew.

  8. Holy Wars

    Holy Wars (2010)


    Holy Wars is a 2010 documentary written and directed by Stephen Marshall. In 2009 Marshall was inspired to make the film due to the prevalence of religious fundamentalism during this time period.

  9. Knocking

    Knocking (2006)


    Knocking is a 2006 documentary film directed by Joel Engardio and Tom Shepard that focuses on the civil liberties fought for by Jehovah's Witnesses. It focuses primarily on the stories of three Jehovah's Witnesses, and how their lives demonstrate three fundamental Witness teachings that have affected society in general: Conscientious objection, and rejection of blood transfusions and saluting the flag.

  10. Awake Zion

    Awake Zion (2010)


    Awake Zion is a 2005 documentary by Monica Haim that documents a connection between Jews and Rastafarians. Rasta is a religious movement that came out of Jamaica. The followers accept Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia as God incarnate, grow their hair in dreadlocks and smoke cannabis for religious purposes. Jews trace their history back to the Holy Land of Israel and look to the Torah for instruction. Although Jews and Rastas appear different, both claim figures from the Old Testament as their forefathers, both send a message of truth and love to their followers, both speak of Zion, both have integrated their beliefs into their lifestyles and Rastafarians also claim to be descended from the children of Israel. Haim, who relates to and enjoys both cultures, raises the question, "if we're both identifying with the same things, are we not then identifying with one another?"

  11. Youthquake!

    Youthquake! (1977)


    Youthquake! is a 1976 documentary directed by Max B. Miller. It examines the influence of rock music on religious beliefs. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary Film at the 33rd Golden Globe Awards.

  12. God is American

    God is American (2007)


    God is American (French: Dieu est américain) is a 2007 French documentary film written, directed and produced by Richard Martin Jordan.

  13. O Sertão das Memórias

    O Sertão das Memórias (1996)


    O Sertão das Memórias (released as Landscapes of Memory in English-speaking market is a 1997 Brazilian documentary film directed by José Araújo. It tells the stories of Antero Marques Araújo and Maria Emilce Pinto. It participated in the Singapore International Film Festival and the 4th International Kerala Film Festival.

  14. One: The Movie

    One: The Movie (2005)


    ONE: The Movie is an independent documentary that surveys beliefs on the meaning of life, culminating with the view that "we are all one". The movie was created and directed by Michigan filmmakers Scott Carter, Ward M. Powers and Diane Powers, and featured interviews with Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jaggi Vasudev, and others.

  15. Inherit the Earth

    Inherit the Earth (2013)


    Inherit the Earth is director Yaky Yosha's first documentary feature. It documents the combined efforts of Christians and Jews to make the Pope's visit to the Holy Land a successful one.

  16. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)


    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a 2015 documentary film about Scientology directed by Alex Gibney, based on Lawrence Wright's 2013 book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. Produced by HBO, the film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It received widespread praise from critics for its deconstruction of the church's claims through a combination of presenting a condensed history of Scientology and its founder, how celebrities interact with the church, the stories of a number of ex-members and the abuse and exploitation that they described seeing and experiencing. The church responded vehemently to the film, complaining to film critics and denouncing the film-makers and their interviewees. Going Clear will run on HBO from March 16, 2015.

  17. The Arc of Life: Huston Smith & Ken Dychtwald on Life, Death and Beyond

    The Arc of Life: Huston Smith & Ken Dychtwald on Life, Death and Beyond (2012)


    The Arc of Life is a film of an interview of world religion scholar Professor Huston Smith by Dr. Ken Dychtwald, a gerontologist and psychologist. The topics covered range from an overview of how societies from early human history to today deal with the problem of aging, to how the various religions of the world view the purpose of life, and what they teach about what happens after death.

  18. God Loves Uganda

    God Loves Uganda (2013)

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    God Loves Uganda is a documentary film produced and directed by Roger Ross Williams which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It explores connections between evangelicalism in North America and in Uganda, suggesting that the North American influence is the reason behind the controversial Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which at one point raised the possibility of the death penalty for gays and lesbians. The filmmakers follow a group of young missionaries from the International House of Prayer in their first missionary effort in another nation, as well as interviewing several evangelical leaders from the US and Uganda.

  19. Around the World in 80 Faiths

    Around the World in 80 Faiths (2009)


    Around the World in 80 Faiths was a British television series which was first broadcast by the BBC on 2 January 2009. The series was presented by Anglican vicar Pete Owen-Jones, who was researching the various faiths from around the world.

  20. Kumaré

    Kumaré (2011)

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    Kumaré is an American 2011 documentary film directed by Vikram Gandhi.

  21. Fish Out of Water

    Fish Out of Water (2009)


    Fish Out of Water is a 2009 documentary film by director Ky Dickens. The film showcases the seven Bible verses that are most often used to condemn homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Dickens talked with ministers on both sides of the debate surrounding homosexuality and the Bible for the film.

  22. Living Goddess

    Living Goddess (2008)

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    Living Goddess is a 2008 film that documents lives of three young Kumaris (prepubescent girls believed to be living goddesses) against the backdrop of the Nepalese Civil War.

  23. A Balinese Trance Seance

    A Balinese Trance Seance (1981)


    A Balinese Trance Seance is a 1979 documentary film by ethnographic filmmaker Tim Asch and anthropologist Linda Connor that profiles Jero Tapakan, a Balinese spirit medium. It was one of five films that were made with Jero Tapakan and were considered to be exemplary ethnographic films.

  24. Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization

    Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization (1972)

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    Adventures of a Brown Man in Search of Civilization is a 54 minute color documentary based on the life and thoughts of Nirad C. Chaudhuri. It was made in 1972 and was directed by James Ivory. In this, Chaudhuri (who was then based in London and Oxford) expounds his views on culture, history, religion and society from a comparative perspective.

  25. Extreme Pilgrim

    Extreme Pilgrim (2008)

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    Extreme Pilgrim is a British television series, first broadcast by the BBC in January 2008. The series is presented by the Anglican vicar, Pete Owen-Jones, who researches and attempts to practice a variety of the world's methods of enlightenment and spirituality, which he sees as having been lost by those in the West.

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