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): Andric, Radivoje
Year of Publication: 1998
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The story takes place in 1993 Serbia, torn by hyperinflation and economic disaster 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 elite...

Director(s): Hood, Gavin
Year of Publication: 2005
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This critically acclaimed, Oscar-winning film explores a moral dilemma in post-apartheid South Africa. After fleeing a murder scene and stealing a car, a young gang leader discovers a baby in the backseat. He tries to balance the responsibilities...

Director(s): Ghobadi, Bahman
Year of Publication: 2004
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In a Kurdish refugee camp on the eve of the War in Iraq, a boy's ambitions and joys contrast sharply with the horrors around him. A young boy's adventures in scavenging is better than some work in clearing land mines, leaving some disfigured and...

Director(s): Castellitto, Sergio
Year of Publication: 2013
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An Italian professor returns to Sarajevo with her son fifteen years after fleeing the Bosnian War. She intends to tell her son about real mother and father, but she discovers a more horrible truth instead. 

Director(s): Kunert, Martin
Year of Publication: 2004
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Shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein in the Iraq War, filmmakers armed over 150 Iraqis with cameras to film their everyday lives. Some subjects include the war, the difference between Hussein's rule and that of the Americans, the hope of...

Director(s): Draskovic, Boro
Year of Publication: 1996
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Vukovar, an ethically diverse city of Serbs and Croats, becomes one of the first casualties of the Croatian War of Independence. Family and friends divide along ethnic lines, including a young couple with a newborn baby. 

Director(s): Provencher, Raymonde
Year of Publication: 2003
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A powerful documentary about the children conceived through rape during various wars in the late 20th century. Interviews with children and their mothers in Bangladesh, Bosnia, Rwanda, Nicaragua, and South Korea reveal shared cultural attitudes...

Director(s): Wagner, Christian
Year of Publication: 2006
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Warchild explores the theme of dislocation and identity after the Bosnian War. Senada searches for her daughter who was removed from her custody during the war. She travels to Germany and discovers that her daughter now belongs to...

Director(s): Paterson, Debs
Year of Publication: 2008
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Based on a true story, this short film explores the tentative peace after the Rwandan Civil War. Four young people of Hutu and Tutsi backgrounds become friends at the Nyange school. When guerillas attack the school, they opt to protect each other...

Director(s): Deol, Kiran
Year of Publication: 2010
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This documentary traces the 10-year evolution of Silu (nee Uma Bhujel) from guerilla warrior to democratically elected assembly in Nepal. Silu was one of 40% of women who joined the People's Liberation Army as guerilla warriors during the Nepali...

Director(s): Jennifer Cornish Media
Year of Publication: 2001
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This documentary explores women's experiences, emotions, and survival strategies during war. Women who survived conflicts in the Middle East, Bosnia, Uganda, and South Africa share their stories, revealing a growing anti-war sentiment and...

Director(s): Ewing, Heidi
Year of Publication: 2014
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A documentary about American women's involvement in war from Vietnam to the present as soldiers, nurses, journalists, spies, and diplomats. The participants stories range from breaking the glass ceiling to ongoing sexual harassment and from...

Director(s): Disney, Abigail E.
Year of Publication: 2011
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This groundbreaking, five-part documentary challenges conventional depictions of war and peace by focusing on women's experiences. Rather than focus on nation-states, military systems, and technologically-advanced weaponry, war for women centers...

Director(s): Teguia, Tariq
Year of Publication: 2013
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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): Bigelow, Kathryn
Year of Publication: 2013
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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

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