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): Bain, Aisha
Year of Publication: 2006
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Darfur Diaries: Message From Home is a brutally honest inside look into the tragedy which befell the Darfur Region. A team of three independent filmmakers in Darfur monitored the worsening political and humanitarian crisis in 2004 and recognized...

Director(s): Braun, Ted
Year of Publication: 2007
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A call-to-arms documentary, Darfur Now investigates some of the causes and consequences of mass genocide in western Sudan. It features activists on the ground, working through healthcare and education outreach programs or resistance...

Director(s): Zbanic, Jasmila
Year of Publication: 2006
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This critically acclaimed film explores ongoing traumas in postwar Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A school field trip, free for children of war heroes, prompts Sara to ask her mother Esma about her father. Esma confesses that Sara is a child...

Director(s): White, Susanna
Year of Publication: 2008
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Based on journalist Evan Wright's award winning book, this HBO miniseries explores U.S. invasion of Iraq from the perspective of the U.S. Marines Corps 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. By following the battalion in their three-week trek from...

Director(s): Imamovic, Ahmed
Year of Publication: 2005
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Two young lovers, a Serb and a Muslim, try to survive the onset of the Bosnian War. Milan and Kenan flee Sarajevo for Milan's hometown. Given the animosity toward Muslims as well as homosexuals, Kenan disguises himself as Milan's wife.

Director(s): Stevens, George
Year of Publication: 1939
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Loosely based on the Rudyard Kipling poem, this movie presents late 19th-century British colonialism in India in a positive light while noting sharp differences among its colonized subjects. Three British sergeants and their bhisti (water carrier...

Director(s): Ostojic, Arsen A.
Year of Publication: 2012
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This family drama exposes the long-standing ethnic tensions that led to the Bosnian War. Halima, a Bosniak woman searches for her son's remains, but she must provide DNA to the U.N. Committee for Missing Persons. Her search leads to her estranged...

Director(s): Phillipps, Loch
Year of Publication: 2009
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This short documentary, made for UNICEF and UNFPA, gives voice to the young women and girls in Liberia. They talk about their hopes and dreams and implore viewers to protect and promote women's rights.

Director(s): Jolie, Angelina
Year of Publication: 2012
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Two lovers are divided by the Bosnian War. Danijel, a Serbian soldier, recognizes Ajla, his former lover and a Muslim, in a POW camp. They both betray each other to serve their ethnic and religious rather than personal interests. 

Director(s): Furie, Sidney J.
Year of Publication: 1986
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A fictional account of the 1981 Gulf of Sidra incident, a hotshot pilot joins with a seasoned military officer to rescue his father. A fictional Arab country sentences Col. Ted Masters to die for entering into its airspace, and the U.S. Air Force...

Director(s): Mendes, Sam
Year of Publication: 2005
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Based on the memoirs of Lt. Cpl. Anthony Swofford, Jarhead reveals the monotony of war as experienced by U.S. Marines in the Gulf War. From basic training to Iraq, Swofford and his peers perpetually train for war. Their boredom and...

Director(s): Tilman, Samuel
Year of Publication: 2010
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Informed by scholarship and archival records, this television docu-series explores the history of the Congo from the 15th century to the present. From the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to colonialism and independence, the three-part series examines...

Director(s): Rochant, Eric
Year of Publication: 2015
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This internationally acclaimed French television series focuses on the lives of undercover spies in the global War on Terror. Guillaume Debailly (a.k.a. "Malotru") comes home to Paris after six years of living in Damascus working for France's...

Director(s): Kusturica, Emir
Year of Publication: 2004
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A Serbian family falls apart during the Bosnian War. Luka moves his family from Belgrade to a small town to run a new railway center. His wife leaves him, and his son is drafted into the army and becomes a prisoner of war. He seeks to trade his...

Director(s): Korki, Shawkat Amin
Year of Publication: 2014
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In this absurdist black comedy, a filmmaking duo encounters tragedy and corruption as they attempt to make a movie about the Iraqi-led genocide of Kurds (the Al-Anfal campaign) during the Iran-Iraq War. 

Director(s): Bowen, Alex
Year of Publication: 2005
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Argentinian and Chilean soldiers meet in the middle of the Patagonia as their nations near possible war in 1978 (known as the Beagle Conflict). As they await news of war, the men begin to get to know each other. Scenes of soldiers playing soccer...

Director(s): Paskaljevic, Goran
Year of Publication: 2004
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A make-shift family develops in this allegorical tale of postwar Bosnia. After returning home from prison, Lazar finds a Bosnian Serb mother and her autistic daughter living in his former apartment. Rather than turning them out, Lazar seeks...

Director(s): Poitras, Laura
Year of Publication: 2006
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This Oscar-nominated documentary from director Laura Poitras explores the politics and everyday life of occupied Iraq. Its focus on Dr. Riyadh al-Adhadh, a Sunni who runs for office during the 2005 elections while tending to patients, reveals the...

Director(s): Ferguson, Charles H.
Year of Publication: 2007
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A critical examination of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq based on interviews with former Bush II administration officials, ambassadors, journalists, soldiers, civilians, and analysts. Interviewees highlight U.S. policy decisions such as...

Director(s): Tanovic, Danis
Year of Publication: 2001
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This Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language Film explores senseless death and fruitless peace in the Bosnian War. Two injured soldiers, a Bosnian and a Serbian, are stranded in no man's land and are trapped by a landmine. A French soldier for the...

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