The title, Zeitgeist is a German expression that means “spirit of an era,” referring to the experience of a dominant cultural climate. The statement on the official site states that Zeitgeist, The Movie and its sequel, Zeitgeist: Addendum were created as a nonprofit expression to communicate what the author feels are important social skills, of which most humans are unaware . According to the author, Peter Joseph, the documentary focuses, with historic and modern suppressed under the current dominant social institutions, while also exploring what you can expect to humanity if the power structures at large continue their patterns of selfishness , corruption, and consolidation.