Northern Illinois University

Department of History

Films on Genocide & Human Rights

Movies portray the tragedy of genocide with great power – the brutality of the crimes, the stories of the victims and survivors, the bravery of those who risked their lives to help others, and the evil of the perpetrators.  The power of movies – features and documentaries – can be used to educate people about previous genocides and potential and ongoing atrocity crimes.


Aboriginals / Australia

  • Once Were Warriors (1998)
  • Rabbit-proof Fence (2007)



  • Ararat (Arp Sélection, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Astral Films, Ego Film Arts, Harold Greenberg Fund, The Movie Network, Serendipity Point Films, Super Écran, Téléfilm Canada, 2002)
  • Back to Ararat: A Forgotten Genocide (HB PeA Holmquist Films, 1998)
  • Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1982) 
  • I Hate Dogs: The Last Survivor (HB PeA Holmquist Films, 1998)
  • Komitas (Channel Four Films, Filmförderungstanstalt, Margarita Woskanjan Filmproduktion, Radion Télévision Belge Francophone, Sender Freies Berlin, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 1988)
  • Screamers (BBC, Isis Productions, MG2 Productions, Raffy Manoukian Charity, 2006)
  • The Armenian Genocide (Two Cats productions, 2005) 

Bosnia / Kosovo

  • Behind Enemy Lines (Twentieth Century Fox, Davis Entertainment Company, 2001)
  • The Brooklyn Connection (Klaartje Qiorojins)
  • De Enclave (2002) 
  • Fantasy (XY Films, 2007)
  • Grbavica (Coop 99, Deblokada, Jadran Film, Noirfilm, ZDF/Arte, 2006)
  • Graffiti Street (Propeler Film in cooperation with Televizija Bosne i Hercegovine & Produkcija Porta, 2007)
  • Guerreros (Canal + Espana, Sociedad General de Cine SA, Television Espanola, 2002)
  • No Man’s Land (Noé Productions, Fabrica Cinema, Man’s Films, Counihan Villiers Productions, Studio Maj, Casablanca, 2001)
  • Pretty Village Pretty Flame (Cobra Films, MCRS, Radio Televisija Srbije, 1996)
  • Savior (Initial Entertainment Group, 1998)
  • Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave (Antelope Productions, Rynicks Films, WNET, 1999)
  • The Hunting Party (2007)
  • The Men Who Got Away / Frontline (2006) 
  • Welcome to Sarejevo (Channel Four Films, Miramax, Dragon Pictures, 1997)


  • Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia (Associated Television (ATV), 1979)
  • Fear and Hope in Cambodia (1984)
  • Killing Fields (Enigma Ltd., Goldcrest Films, International Film Investors, 1984)
  • Cambodia: The Betrayal (1990)
  • Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia (1990)
  • One Evening After the War (Compagnie Mediterraneeanne de Cinema, JBA Productions, La Sept Cinema, Ministry of Culture Cambodia, Thelma Film AG, arte France Cinema, 1998)
  • Out of the Poison Tree 
  • New Year Baby (Broken English Productions, Dark Matter Creative, Center for Asian American Media, 2006)
  • S-21
  • The Conscience of Nhem En (Steven Okazaki, Independent Film, 2008)
  • The Genocide Forgotten (2009-10) 
  • Travels in Cambodia (2008)
  • Tuol Sleng



  • Atilla '74: The Rape of Cyprus (1975)
  • Beyond Division: Reunifying the Republic of Cyprus (Republic of Cyprus, 2001)
  • Famagusta: A Hostage Ghost City of Europe (MediaBox, 2001)
  • The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNCC Office of Public Information, 2008)


Darfur / Sudan

  • All About Darfur (Taghreed Elsanhouri Productions, 2005)
  • Christmas in Darfur (77 International, 2008)
  • Darfur Attrocities Documentation Project (Coalition for International Justice, 2004)
  • Darfur Diaries: Message from Home (InCounter Productions, 2006)
  • Darfur Now (Crescendo Productions, Mandalay Independent Pictures, Participant Productions, 2007)
  • Facing Sudan (Bell, Book & Camera Productions, 2007) Film Screening at GHRI Summer 2006
  • Lost Boys of Sudan
  • On Our Watch (WGBH/PBS Films, 2007)
  • Sand and Sorrow (Amahoro, 2007)
  • The Devil Came on Horseback (Break Thru Films, 2007)
  • They Turned Our Desert Into Fire (Global Contact Films, Purebred Productions, 2007)
  • Voices from Darfur: Featuring Darfuri Reugees (SaveDarfur Coalition, 2007) 


Hispanic Americans

  • Viva La Causa: The Story of Cesar Chavez and a Great Movement for Social Justice (Bill Brummel Productions/The Southern Poverty Law Center, 2008)



  • America and the Holocaust: Deceit and Indifference (1998)
  • Anne Frank: The Whole Story (Dorothy Pictures, Milk & Honey, Touchstone Television, 2001)
  • Au Revoir Les Enfants 
  • Edith Stein: Echt and the Truth (Zeitgeist Films, 2008)
  • Escape from Sobibor (Zenith Entertainment Ltd., 1987)
  • Europa Europa (Central Cinema Company Film (CCC), Les Films du Losange, Telmar Film International Ltd., Zespol Filmowy “Perspektywa”, 1991)
  • Freedom Writers (Paramount, 2007; brief clip only)
  • From Herero to Hitler: Planting the Seeds of a Future Genocide (Rosemary Reed Productions, 2007) 
  • Gray Matter
  • Image Before My Eyes 
  • Le Chambon: La Colline Aux Mille Enfants (1994)
  • Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The Story of Le Chambon (2006)
  • Life is Beautiful (Cecchi Gori Group, Melampo Cinematografica, 1998)
  • My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports
  • Murderers Among Us 
  • One Survivor Remembers: The Gerda Weissman Klein Story or All But My Life: One Surivivor Remembers (HBO Films, 1995)
  • Partisans of Vilna
  • Schindler's List (Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, 1993)
  • Shanghai Ghetto
  • Shoah
  • Survivors of the Holocaust (Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Turner Original Productions, 1996)
  • The Children of Chabannes
  • The Good German (2007)
  • The Gray Zone (Lion's Gate Entertainment, 2001) 
  • The Holocaust: In Memory of Millions (Discovery Channel/BMG Video, 1994)
  • The Last Days (Ken Lipper/June Beallor production, Shoah Foundation, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, 1998)
  • The Reader (2008)
  • Triumph of the Will (1939) 


Holodomor / Ukrainian Genocide-Famine

  • Harvest of Despair (Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre, 1985)


Iraq / al-Anfal

  • Inside Sadam's Reign of Terror (National Geographic, 2003)


Native Americans / Native Hawaiians

  • We Shall Remain (WGBH/PBS, 2009) 



  • The Sand of Sorrow (Council for Relief of Palestinian Arab Refugees, 1950)


Pre-modern Genocides

  • The 300 (2008)



  • Carly (UNHCR, 1999)


  • 100 Days (Broadcast Feature Facilities Ltd., Vivid Features, 2001)
  • Forsaken Cries: The Story of Rwanda (2000)
  • Gacaca, Living Together Again in Rwanda? (Anne Aghion, Laurent Bocahut, Phillip Brooks, 2002)
  • Ghosts of Rwanda / Frontline (PBS Home Video, 2004)
  • God Sleeps in Rwanda (IDA (distributor), 2005)
  • Hotel Rwanda (UA, LionsGate Films, Industrial Developmnet Corporation of South Africa, Miracle Pictures, Inside Track Films, Mikado Film, Endgame Entertainment, Sixth Sense Productions, 2004)
  • In Rwanda We Say… (Gacaca Productions, Dominant 7, 2004)
  • Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (Barna-Alper Productions, Halifax Film Company, Head Gear Films, Seville Productions, 2004)
  • Sometimes in April (2006)
  • Shooting Dogs (CrossDay Productions, ARTE, BBC Films, Egoli Tossell Film, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Invicta Capital, UK Film Council, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, 2005)
  • Sometimes in April (CINEFACTO, HBO Films, thinkfilm, 2005)
  • A Sunday in Kigali (Equinoxe Productions, 2006)


Teaching Videos

  • The Sneetches (Universal Studies/Dr. Seuss Productions, 1957)