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): Coimbra, Fernando
Year of Publication: 2017
Major Wars:
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A young American soldier finds a new purpose during the Iraq War. Pvt. Matt Ocre, who enlisted in the U.S. Army before 9/11 as a way to pay for college, becomes disillusioned with war. He is tasked with repairing and defending a water pump...

Director(s): Kenovic, Ademir
Year of Publication: 1997
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During the Siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian War, a Bosnian poet takes care of two orphan boys. After discovering their aunt left the city, he shepherds the boys to safety. A story of love and survival, the film became the first Bosnian feature...

Director(s): Marcia Rock
Year of Publication: 2011
Major Wars:
Abstract:

This film highlights the resourcefulness of seven amazing women who represent the first wave of mothers, daughters and sisters returning home from the frontless wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. Portraying the courage of women veterans as they...

Director(s): Begic, Aida
Year of Publication: 2008
Abstract:

This movie takes place in autumn 1997, in the small Bosniak village of Slavno, in central Bosnia. Only the women and girls are left, along with an old grandfather and a little boy; all of the men have disappeared on account of the Bosnian War. A...

Director(s): Stojanovic, Gorcin
Year of Publication: 1998
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A young couple confronts ethno-religious and nationalistic tensions in Serbia, foreshadowing the causes of the Kosovo War. A young Serbian woman falls in love with an Albanian posing as an Italian businessmen. He is secretly the hornet, an...

Director(s): Finn, Jim
Year of Publication: 2012
Major Wars:
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In this documentary, Franz Hinkelammert, a German-born liberation theologian, economist, and philosopher who specializes in Latin America, critiques the new world order based on neoliberalism, religious fundamentalism, authoritarianism, and...

Director(s): Gibney, Alex
Year of Publication: 2007
Major Wars:
Abstract:

An Oscar and Peabody winning documentary on the role of torture in U.S. military prisons since 9/11. Interviews with former military and Bush officials, guards, and prisoners reveal the history of torture as an intelligence gathering technique...

Director(s): Hall, Jason
Year of Publication: 2017
Major Wars:
Abstract:

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq in 2007 struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield. [IMBD]

Director(s): Khudr, Ali Sheikh
Year of Publication: 2016
Major Wars:
Abstract:

Hassan, a cow farmer and the documentary filmmaker's cousin, puts a human face on the Syrian Civil War. In the remote outskirts of Salamiyah, Hassan tends to his cows, preferring them to other people. While his family supports the opposition, he...

Director(s): Bigelow, Kathryn
Year of Publication: 2008
Major Wars:
Abstract:

This is a critically acclaimed war film produced during the time of the American War in Iraq. US Army Staff Sergeant Will James, Sergeant J.T. Sanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge comprise the Bravo Company's bomb disposal unit stationed in...

Director(s): Caton-Jones, Michael
Year of Publication: 1997
Major Wars:
Abstract:

In retaliation for the death of his brother in a joint US-Russia attack, an Azerbajani warlord hires the Jackal to assassinate an unidentified world leader. The FBI enlists the help of a former sniper of the Irish Republican Army to help identify...

Director(s): Murphy, Beth
Year of Publication: 2012
Major Wars:
Abstract:

A modern day Oskar Schindler story that focuses on Kirk Johnson, a young American fighting to save thousands of Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. to help rebuild Iraq. After leading reconstruction teams in Baghdad...

Director(s): Demme, Jonathan
Year of Publication: 2004
Major Wars:
Abstract:

An updated version of a classic Cold War film, The Manchurian Candidate reveals the dark connections between militarism, capitalism, and world power during the War on Terror. Raymond Shaw, a decorated hero of the Gulf War (1990-91),...

Director(s): Petch, Tom
Year of Publication: 2013
Major Wars:
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Veteran and first-time director Tom Petch explores fear and disillusionment during the Afghan War. A three-day tour for a group of British soldiers turns into an open-ended conflict after an Allied strike prompts fierce attrack by the Taliban....

Director(s): Haas, Philip
Year of Publication: 2006
Major Wars:
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An American journalist's investigation to uncover the truth behind a friend's murder during the Iraq War leads her to uncover a complex web of political and military intrigue. Anna's relationship with her American and Iraqi sources lead her to...

Director(s): Walter, John W.
Year of Publication: 2008
Major Wars:
Abstract:

This documentary interweaves the development of the 2006 Public Theater production of "Mother Courage and Her Children" with the life of its playwright Bertolt Brecht. It emphasizes the play's anti-war theme for a modern day audience living...

Director(s): Russell, David O.
Year of Publication: 1999
Major Wars:
Abstract:

This acclaimed black comedy-heist film highlights the greed and incompetence of American foreign policy during the Gulf War (1990-91). After the short war's end, four soldiers venture off base to steal Kuwaiti gold bullion. They encounter Iraqi...

Director(s): Teguia, Tariq
Year of Publication: 2013
Major Wars:
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This film asks large questions about resistance, oppression, and pan-Arabism within the context of the global War on Terror. A journalist travels to Beirut to uncover the forgotten history of the Zanj revolution in the 9th century Abbasid...

Director(s): Andric, Radivoje
Year of Publication: 1998
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Three Palms for Two Punks and a Babe is a 1998 Serbian comedy film, taking place in the wake of the Yugoslav Wars. Milan, an avid fan of FC Partizan, lives with his friend, a painter, and makes money by selling his paintings to the "new...

Director(s): Markovic, Goran
Year of Publication: 2008
Abstract:

An acting troupe from Belgrade goes on tour in Serbian Krajina during the Bosnian War. The actors find themselves caught in the middle of Serbian and Croat forces, desperately trying to convince each side that their nationalist productions are...

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