Films

World Without Genocide recommends the following films to increase your awareness about genocide in the Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, Congo, Bosnia, Armenia, Cambodia, and other conflict issues. We also have educational documentaries available with curriculum for classroom and community use. Please see our Programs and Advocacy page for more information.

Children of Genocide: Five Who Survived

Voices of genocide survivors from the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Sudan.

A co-production by Twin Cities Public Television and World Without Genocide, 2010

Co-sponsors:

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
 Diversity Integration Office, Hamline University,St. Paul, MN
Minnesota Interfaith Darfur Coalition 
STAND, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

It’s a Woman’s World

World Without Genocide Executive Director, Dr. Ellen Kennedy, is featured in several productions of TPT’s segment It’s a Woman’s World. Topics include:

Please visit our YouTube channel to view these programs.

 

Films by topic:

Armenia

Armenia: The Betrayed (view documentary online here)
A 42-minute BBC documentary on the history of the Armenian genocide as well as current concerns, including the ongoing refusal of the Turkish government to acknowledge the conflict as a genocide.

The Armenian Genocide: 90 years later
A film by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Twin Cities Public Television commemorating the 90th anniversary of the the Armenian genocide with a historical overview of the events that led to the genocide and the aftermath.

A Wall of Silence – The Unspoken Fate of the Armenians
A 54-minute film on the lives of two Armenian scholars – Turkish scholar Taner Akcam and Armenian professor Vahakn Dadrian – and the issue of Turkey coming to terms with its violent past.

 

Bosnia

No Man’s Land (view trailer here)
The story of two wounded soldiers, one Bosnian and one Serb, as they meet in no man’s land between their respective front lines.

 I Came to Testify (view trailer here)
The story of how a small group of women in Bosnia, vicitimized and raped by Serb-led forces, break their silence and testify against their rapists in an internaitonal court. Their bravery ultimately changed the international discourse about sexual violence as a weapon of war.

 

Cambodia

The Killing Fields (view trailer here)
A 1984 British drama film about the Khmer Rouge’s regime in Cambodia in the 1970’s and the genocide that ensued, based on the experience of Cambodian journalist Dith Pran and American journalist Sydney Schanberg. 

The Road From Kampuchea
The compelling story of a landmine survivor in Cambodia who was a co-recipient of teh 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for his work deliving wheelchairs to other landmine survivors and his work with anti-landmine campaigns.

 

Darfur and Sudan

Darfur Diaries (view documentary clip here)
Three independent filmmakers tell the stories of the people living through the Darfur genocide in Darfur, Sudan and eastern Chad.

Darfur Now (view trailer here)
This film looks at the Darfur genocide through the experiences of and action by six people – a UCLA graduate, a Darfuri woman working for Sudanese rebels, Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, a United Nations humanitarian, an actor, and a community leader in Darfur refugee camps.

The Devil Came on Horseback (view trailer here)
The story of Brian Steidle, a former U.S. Marine Captain who witnessed the Darfur genocide as an official military observer, unable to stop the violence being perpetrated against Darfurians. Outraged at the inaction of the United States government and the world, Steidle resigns and returns to the United States to use his photographs to expose the horrors in Darfur.

God Grew Tired of Us (view trailer here)
The story of four Sudanese boys’ journey wandering the sub-Saharan desert for four years in search of safety and their subsequent journey to America.

A Journey to Darfur (view trailer here)
A short documentary that details journalist Nick Clooney and son George Clooney’s unannounced journey to the Darfur region of Sudan, including the extreme violence they encounter and a brief background on the conflict.

The Lost Boys of Sudan (view trailer here)
A documentary about two boys, orphaned as a result of a civil war, and their journey from Africa to America.


Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo (view trailer here)
Lisa Jackson ventures into remote villages in war-torn Congo to investigate sexual violence against women. She meets soldiers who use rape as a weapon of war and speaks with survivors whose lives have been changed forever.


Holocaust

Europa, Europa (view trailer here)
Based on a true story, this is the story of a young Jewish boy orphaned in the early days of World War II. He is mistakenly labeled a war hero and joins the Hitler Youth to conceal his identity.

From Swastika to Jim Crow (view trailer here)
This story of German refugee scholars who found solace at historically Black colleges in American South.   

Imaginary Witness (view trailer here)
This documentary examines Hollywood representations of the Holocaust and the impact these films have had on public perception.

Into the Arms of Strangers (view trailer here)
This Acadmeny Award Winning film tells the story of over 10,000 child refugees who were sent to Britain to escape Nazi Germany.

Life is Beautiful (view trailer here)
The story of a Jewish man who marries an Italian woman. Upon the German invasion of Italy, he must protect his son from death in a concentration camp and uses his wit and humor to do so.

Night and Fog (view excerpts from the film here)
This documentary was filmed in 1955 in several concentration camps in Poland and gives a stunning recollection of both the camps and man’s inhumanity.

The Pianist (view trailer here)
The fictional story of a talented pianist, a Polish Jew, as he faces the harsh reality of life inside the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust.

Schindler’s List (view trailer here)
The compelling story of a greedy German businessman who saves thousands of Jewish lives from the Nazi concentration and death camps in Poland.

Shoah (view trailer here)
At a stunning nine and a half hours, this documentary, through interviews with survivors and perpetrators, tells the details World War II and the Holocaust. Eleven years in the making, the film pieces together a gruesome and honest picture of the Holocaust.

For an excellent and very complete list of films on the Holocaust, please see references prepared by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota.

 

North Korea

Inside North Korea (view documentary here)
National Geographic takes a rare look inside the mysterious lives of those inside North Korea.

 

Rwanda

Ghosts of Rwanda (view trailer here)
This documentary includes interviews with key government officials and witnesses to the genocide. It highlights the failures in government and intervention that allowed over 800,000 victims to be slaughtered in 100 days.

Hotel Rwanda (view trailer here)
The dramatized story of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, as he harbored more than a thousand Tutsi refugees from the Hutu militia in 1994.

 

South Africa

Long Night’s Journey into Day (view trailer here)
This documentary explores post-apartheid South Africa’s attempts to heal after 40 years of racial segregation. The film documents South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which considers amnesty for perpetrators of crimes committed under the apartheid’s reign.

 

Other Issues

Not My Life (view trailer here)
This documentary follows the dark business of slavery and trafficking around the world, featuring stories from five different continents.

 Blue Gold: World Water Wars (view trailer here)
An award-winning documentary that examines the environmental, political, and economic consequences of the planet’s dwindling water supply.