Films about the Post-Cold War Period

This collection provides information on selected movies, TV productions and documentaries on the themes of gender, military and war in the period covered by the Oxford Handbook.

The most important wars for this period include:

  • Wars in former Yugoslavia (1991– 99)
  • U.S. Wars in the Middle East (1990–91ff)
  • Wars of Globalization
  • UN Peacekeeping / New Humanitarianism

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Director(s): Hughes, Nick
Year of Publication: 2001
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An account of the 100-day Rwandan genocide, as experienced by a young Tutsi girl. Josette seeks refuge in the Catholic Church, only to find another form of horror there. The departure of UN peacekeepers further makes the area unstable and Josette...

Director(s): Fuglsig, Nicolai
Year of Publication: 2018
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In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, a unit of the U.S. Special Forces and CIA paramilitary officers travel to Afghanistan to topple the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The Americans align with a local warlord on their march, by horseback, toward Mazar-i-...

Director(s): Sokurov, Aleksandr
Year of Publication: 2007
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In this highly acclaimed film about the Second Chechen War, an elderly Russian woman transforms the barren landscape of war and the deadened spirit of those engaged in it. Aleksandra travels to a remote outpost in Chechnya to visit her grandson....

Director(s): Dabis, Cherien
Year of Publication: 2009
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A moving portrait of Arab immigrant life in America following 9/11 and the Iraq War. Muna, a Christian Palestinian, lives and works in the West Bank until she receives a green card in the lottery. She and her son move in with her sister's family...

Director(s): Pedersen, Janus Metz
Year of Publication: 2010
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This documentary follows a platoon of Danish soldiers on a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2009. It focuses on the men's emotional response to war, from casual patrols encountering local people to intense fighting against Taliban soldiers. Its...

Director(s): Boll, Uwe
Year of Publication: 2009
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Traveling with a peacekeeping mission, a group of Western journalists visit a small village in Darfur in western Sudan. When they learn that the state-sponsored militia, the Janjaweed, have targeted the village, they must decide whether to run...

Director(s): Vajraca, Sabina
Year of Publication: 2005
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In this cinema verite style documentary, filmmaker Sabina Vajraca traces her family's journey back home after the Bosnian War. Returning to the previously multi-ethnic city of Banja Luka, the Bosniak family confront the unapologetic Serbian...

Director(s): Manchevski, Milcho
Year of Publication: 1994
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This Oscar-nominated film weaves together three loves stories to reveal the interconnectedness of modern Europe during the Macedonia conflict in the Yugoslav Wars. A monk helps Zamira, a young Albanian girl, escape, a London agent falls for a...

Director(s): Moore, John
Year of Publication: 2001
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The international politics of war delay the rescue mission of a U.S. naval pilot during the Bosnian War. During a reconnaissance mission, Lt. Chris Burnett flies off course and identifies mass graves in the demilitarized zone. After his plane is...

Director(s): Ndahayo, Gilbert
Year of Publication: 2008
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This documentary presents the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide from Tutsis who survived. On April 10, 1994, Hutus invaded the small village of Astrida and excuted 200 Tutsis behind a convent. Director Gilbert Ndahayo, who was 13 at the time and...

Director(s): Scott, Ridley
Year of Publication: 2001
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Based on real events in the Somali Civil War, a thwarted mission by the U.S. Joint Special Operations leads to deadly battle in the city of Mogadishu. Tasked with capturing warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid in October 1993, Army Rangers and Delta...

Director(s): Amata, Jeta
Year of Publication: 2012
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The people of a volatile, oil-rich Nigerian community wages war against their corrupt government and a multi-national oil corporation to protect their land from being destroyed by excessive drilling and spills. To seek justice, a rebel...

Director(s): Sturm, Lukas
Year of Publication: 2012
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In the midst of international tribunals on war crimes during the Bosnian War, an Austrian journalist questions whether the war and its crimes still continue. Nicole travels to a small Bosnian village to search for Edina, who disappeared after her...

Director(s): Paskaljevic, Goran
Year of Publication: 1998
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In a series of interlocking stories, director Goran Paskaljević explores the connection between violence and masculinity within the context of the then ongoing wars in former Yugoslavia. Set during the Kosovo War, men inflict violence over...

Director(s): Haneke, Michael
Year of Publication: 2005
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In Caché, an internationally acclaimed psychological thriller and widely hailed as a masterpiece, director Michael Haneke explores postcolonial tensions and memory in modern day France. Georges Laurent, a celebrity journalist, receives...

Director(s): Nichols, Mike
Year of Publication: 2007
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Director Mike Nichols' last film explores the Cold War origins of the U.S. War in Afghanistan. In the early 1980s Rep. Charlie Wilson of Texas pushes funding for a covert CIA operation to support the Afghan mujahideen. His passion for defeating...

Director(s): Begić, Aida
Year of Publication: 2013
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Rahima is an orphan of the Kosovo war. She works in a restaurant and must raise her young brother Nedim by herself. However, he is a careless student and a troublemaker, getting into various illicit schemes. During a confrontation, he breaks the...

Director(s): Pain, Bedabrata
Year of Publication: 2012
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A young boy's reminiscences reveal the long-standing tensions and little-known revolts leading to Indian Independence. Jhunku Roy finds himself torn between his belief in British justice and the growing revolutionary spirit in East Bengal in the...

Director(s): Tanovic, Danis
Year of Publication: 2012
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This film explores familial tensions, daily life, and possibilities in a small town in Herzegovina between the fall of communism and the outbreak of war in the former Yugoslavia. Divko returns home after twenty years in exile and sets out to...

Director(s): Zwick, Edward
Year of Publication: 1996
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In the first film about the Gulf War, director Edward Zwick scrutinizes "friendly fire" and its emotional toll on the survivors. Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling investigates the posthumous candidacy of Captain Karen Walden, the first woman...

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