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): Khudr, Ali Sheikh
Year of Publication: 2014
Major Wars:
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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): Stern, Ricki
Year of Publication: 2008
Major Wars:
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Based on the accounts of former U.S Marine Captain Brian Steidle, this documentary exposes the War in Darfur and the lack of international response to it. By working for the African Union, Steidle gained access to parts of Darfur that were off...

Director(s): Medi-Cine Medienproduktions GmbH
Year of Publication: 2004
Major Wars:
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This three-part documentary explores the history of Holy Wars and the relationship between militarism and religious orthodoxy. The episodes focus on the spread of Islam across Europe in the Medieval Age, the Crusades, and the Thirty Years War to...

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): Bigelow, Kathryn
Year of Publication: 2008
Major Wars:
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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:
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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:
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This documentary follows one American's attempt to correct the wrongs of the Iraq War. After discovering that his Iraqi allies and colleagues faced harassment, violence, and death for helping Americans, Kirk Johnson launched an international...

Director(s): Demme, Jonathan
Year of Publication: 2004
Major Wars:
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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, rises to...

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): 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 was one of the first made and...

Director(s): Mehta, Ketan
Year of Publication: 2005
Major Wars:
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This film explores the origins of Indian independence from British rule in the mid-19th century. Soldier Mangal Pandey develops a strong relationship with Captain John Gordon during the Anglo-Afghan Wars. Their relationship deteriorates when the...

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): Pavlovic, Zivojin
Year of Publication: 2002
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This allegorical film explores the disintegration of Yugoslavia through a family that represented its multiple ethnic and religious groups. When the Yugoslav wars break out, a Slovenian sergeant major of the Yugoslav People's Army moves to...

Director(s): Honkasalo, Pirjo
Year of Publication: 2005
Major Wars:
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This film highlights how war affects children, specifically in the conflict in Chechnya. Children from three environments, a military academy, a refugee camp, and a war-torn capital of Grozny, show the devastation of the war, from poor nutrition...

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

Director(s): Markovic, Goran
Year of Publication: 1995
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In this black comedy, a mental health physician takes unorthodox measures during the Yugoslav Wars. The Doctor decides to close his facility due to a lack of supplies. While trying to find his patients' relatives to take them in, an elderly...

Director(s): Golubovic, Srdan
Year of Publication: 2007
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This Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language Film explores the moral disintegration of society after the Yugoslav Wars. A man considers assassinating a warlord for money to pay for his child's life-saving surgery.

Director(s): Dragojevic, Srdjan
Year of Publication: 1998
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Two young boys come of age during the wars in former Yugoslavia. Pinki and Švaba escape the war, their parents' ethnic hatred, and international sanctions by joining Belgrade's underground scene. The gangster life of drugs, sex, and murder leads...

Director(s): Walter, John W.
Year of Publication: 2008
Major Wars:
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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:
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This acclaimed black comedy-heist film highlights the greed and incompetence of American foreign policy during the Persian Gulf War. After the short war's end, four soldiers venture off base to steal Kuwaiti gold bullion. They encounter Iraqi...

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