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): Abounaddara Collective
Year of Publication: 2014
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An award-winning short documentary film from the anonymous Abounddara Collective, Of God and Dogs reveals the internal conflicts of soldiers in the Syrian Civil War to challenge dominate narratives about it. A soldier in opposition to...

Director(s): Stojanovic, Gorcin
Year of Publication: 1995
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Two concurrent love stores set in Belgrade, one during World War II and the other during the Yugoslav Wars, reveal how the moral compromises of the past inform the present. As Jelena reconstructs her grandmother's World War II diaries documenting...

Director(s): Dragojevic, Srdjan
Year of Publication: 1997
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Two childhood friend find themselves on opposite sides during the Bosnian War. Loosely based on real events, Halil and his fellow Muslim soldiers have trapped Serbs, including his old friend Milan, within the Tunnel of Brotherhood and Unity. As...

Director(s): Bodrov, Sergei
Year of Publication: 1996
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An adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novella "The Prisoner in the Caucasus" (1872), this Oscar-nominated film reveals the cultural differences between Russians and Chechens during the First Chechen War. After surviving a Chechen ambush, two Russian...

Director(s): Mustafic, Dino
Year of Publication: 2003
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Inspired by real life events, Remake connects the experiences of the Bosnian War and World War II through a father and son. Tarik wins acclaim in Paris for his screenplay about his father's war experience in a concentration camp and ...

Director(s): Hetherington, Tim
Year of Publication: 2010
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An experiential documentary about the American war in Afghanistan. It focuses on a platoon of soldiers stationed near Korengal Valley, one of the most dangerous posts in the US military, and their day-to-day actions.

Director(s): Friedkin, William
Year of Publication: 2000
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This court-martial drama highlights loyalty and use of warfare in American engagement in the Middle East. Colonel Terry Childers unleashes a show of force on unarmed civilians after a troubled rescue of US ambassador in Yemen, prompting a court...

Director(s): International Committee of the Red Cross
Year of Publication: 2014
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A short instructional video that explains the basics of international humanitarian law. It focuses on war crimes such as attacking civilians, prisoners, and the wounded.

Director(s): Ndahayo, Gilbert
Year of Publication: 2009
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In this cinema verité documentary that explores loss and trauma, filmmaker Gilbert Ndahayo confronts those who murdered his family and slaughtered 200 Tutsis in his village during the Rwandan Genocide. Nearly ten years after this event, the...

Director(s): Freedman, Paul
Year of Publication: 2007
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A searing documentary on the origins of the War in Darfur and the international community's response to it. Interviews, film clips, and images document the Sudanese government's genocidal measures to suppress Darfur's rebels, and debates within...

Director(s): Coimbra, Fernando
Year of Publication: 2017
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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): Gerima, Haile
Year of Publication: 1993
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Director Haile Gerima connects the past to the present in his internationally-acclaimed, sci-fi exploration of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. After high-fashion photo shoot, a black American model wakes up on a southern plantation nearly two...

Director(s): Novkovic, Oleg
Year of Publication: 1993
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A young man and his group of friends are transformed by the Yugoslav Wars. After returning from combat, Pedja feels lost among his friends and hometown of Belgrade. He finally connects with a young woman who also experienced the terror of war. ...

Director(s): Begic, Aida
Year of Publication: 2008
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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): Solanas, Fernando E.
Year of Publication: 2004
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In this visually arresting documentary, director Fernando E. Solanas weaves together the threads of globalization, neoliberalism, and political corruption to explain the decaying social, economic, and political fabric of Argentina in the late...

Director(s): Peck, Raoul
Year of Publication: 2005
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A family fractures during the Rwandan Civil War and its genocide. Two brothers, Honoré, a journalist, and Augustin, an army captain, witness the devastating effects of war and become politicized by it. Their political divide as well as the...

Director(s): Finn, Jim
Year of Publication: 2012
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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
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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): Narvaja, Miguel Hugo Vaca
Year of Publication: 2009
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This documentary explores the history of Venezuela from its independence to modern day times. It frames Venezuela's struggle within the larger context of Latin America striving to win autonomy and emancipation from colonial and interventionist...

Director(s): Meirelles, Fernando
Year of Publication: 2005
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A global conspiracy unravels when a British diplomat investigates his wife's death. Tessa, an Amnesty International activist, uncovers information about clinical trials in Kenya that would damage a multinational pharmaceutical company. After her...

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