Films

Please note that, due to the nature of the subject matter, some of this content may be inappropriate for younger age groups.

Documentaries

50 Children
The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus—HBO documentary about a couple from Philadelphia who travel into the heart of Nazi-controlled territory during WWII to rescue 50 Jewish children from the Holocaust.

After Kony
Staging Hope—Documentary that follows 14 children affected by the civil war in Uganda as a group of Americans and Ugandans work on a theater program in a camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Uganda.

Angels in the Dust
Documentary about a woman who walks away from a life of privilege to build an orphanage for South African children.

Arlington West Film
A documentary produced for Veterans for Peace under the direction of Peter Dudar and Sally Marr.

Camp 14
Total Control Zone—Documentary about a man who was born and raised in a re-education camp for political prisoners in North Korea. At age 23 he managed to escape to South Korea through China. Features interviews with escapees from North Korean re-education camps, may not be suitable for all audiences.

Children’s War, The
Documentary about Ugandan youth caught up in 24-year civil war where rebel forces systematically abduct children.

Darfur Diaries: Message from Home
Documentary filmed in Sudanese refugee camps in Chad and in rebel-held areas of North Darfur featuring interviews of survivors and rebels.

Fog of War, The
Eleven lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara: Featuring interviews from the man himself, this movie explores the experiences of the Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War.

Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Winner of the Special Jury Prize in Slamdance Film Festival 2006, Forgiving Dr. Mengele is a thought-provoking documentary about a shocking act of forgiveness by Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor and the firestorm of criticism it has provoked.

God Grew Tired of Us
Explores the indomitable spirit of three "Lost Boys" from the Sudan who are forced to leave their homeland due to a tumultuous civil war.

In the Tall Grass
Focuses on the Hutu and Tutsi as they struggle through Rwanda's unique reconciliation process Gacaca, a network of grassroots community courts.

Long Night's Journey into Day
Film about South African Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.

Lord's Children
PBS documentary on Uganda's civil war.

Lost Boys of Sudan
Documentary following two Sudanese refugees on their journey from a refugee camp in Kenya to the United States.

National Geographic Explorer: Inside Guantanamo Bay
Episode of the National Geographic series that looks at the daily routine of the controversial detention camp and at the legal status of the detainees.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell
The compelling tale of a group of brave women who demanded peace for Liberia, a country devastated by a decades-long civil war.

Rape in Armed Conflict in Africa
This HBO documentary can be ordered online.

Rebuilding Hope
A documentary about three “Lost Boys” returning home to South Sudan after having escaped 20 years prior to discover what had happened to their families and how they can give back to the communities they were forced to flee.

Regret to Inform
On January 1, 1968, Barbara Sonneborn's husband, Jeff Gurvitz, left to fight in Vietnam. Eight weeks later, on February 29, 1968, he crawled out of a foxhole during a mortar attack to rescue his radio operator and was killed.

Return to My Lai
A 60-minute documentary about the story of My Lai. On the morning of March 16, 1968, a company of U.S. soldiers killed as many as 500 unarmed Vietnamese civilians in My Lai, a village in South Vietnam.

S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine
In 1975-79, almost two million Cambodians lost their lives to murder and famine when the Khmer Rouge forced the urban population into the countryside to fulfill their ideal of an agrarian utopia.

Taxi to the Dark Side
Investigates the torture and killing of an innocent Afghani taxi driver in this gripping probe into reckless abuses of government power.

They Call it Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain
Documentary shot in secret over a two year period featuring interviews of people across Burma including activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma
Documentary featuring former president of Doctors without Borders and Nobel Prize winner Dr. James Orbinski and interviews with survivors of the Rwandan genocide and Somali famine discussing the moral responsibility of the international community to prevent and alleviate atrocities.

Uganda Rising
Charts the lengthy war between Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni's army and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group led by Joseph Kony, a man who claims to converse with higher powers.

Waltz With Bashir
Movie about 1982's Lebanon War.

War Dance
Movie with the following topics: children in war, refugee camp, recovery, and the healing powers of dance.

What's Going On?
UN/Showtime DVDs on international humanitarian law subjects: mines, child soldiers, etc.

Witness
HBO mini-series that follows photojournalists into conflict zones to explore what compels them to travel to some of the most dangerous places on Earth.

Women, War & Peace
PBS 5-part mini-series on issues that particularly affect women during armed conflict.

Feature Films

Blood Diamond
Movie that shows issues on child soldiers and displacement, protection, internally displaced people, refugees, criminal courts and family links.

Cry Freedom
Film by Sir Richard Attenborough about the relationship between activist Steve Biko (Denzel Washington) and newspaper editor Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) during apartheid in South Africa.

Downfall
German movie about the last 12 days of Hitler’s Bunker that looks at his charisma as well as issues of guilt.

Innocent Voices (Voces Inocentes, in Spanish)
A raw, powerful portrait of childhood spent in a war zone in El Salvador.

Kandahar
A haunting, open-ended drama. During the Taliban era, Kandahar follows an Afghani-Canadian woman as she attempts to enter Afghanistan in search of a despondent sister.

Killing Fields, The
This harrowing but rewarding 1984 drama concerns the real-life relationship between New York Times reporter Sidney Schanberg and his Cambodian assistant Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor). Pran is left at the mercy of the Khmer Rouge after Schanberg, who chose to stay after American evacuation but was booted out, failed to get him safe passage.

Lord of War
Starring Nicholas Cage, this film is based upon a true story of a major Russian arms trader.

Machine Gun Preacher
Film about a former drug dealer who finds God and becomes a crusader for Sudanese child soldiers.

Mighty Times: The Children's March
Teaching Tolerance and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Nuremburg (Not to be confused with Judgment at Nuremburg)
The trial of Nazi war criminals following the Allied victory in Europe in World War II is dramatized in this TV movie starring Alec Baldwin as Robert Jackson, a U.S. Supreme Court justice who served as the chief prosecutor for the Allies.

Power of One, The
Film about a young Englishman who grew up in Apartheid South Africa and becomes an advocate for a better future for Africa.

Saving Private Ryan
Featuring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon; directed by Steven Spielberg.

Sometimes in April
Movie about the Rwandan genocide. It looks at the role of the courts, opens discussion for considering the inequalities between the living standards of victims and perpetrators being held for war crimes.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The innocence of childhood savagely collides with the Holocaust.