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Filmography

The Consortium’s Filmography is a comprehensive list of films that focus on the gendered dimensions of armed conflict and peacebuilding, as well as some of the structural gendered relations that thread through pre- and postwar societies.

The resource was created for educators and activists who wish to bring the concrete immediacy and emotional resonance of visual media into their courses or events.

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The Devil Came on Horseback
Annie Sundberg, Ricki Stern 2007 85 min
"In this unflinching documentary chronicling the genocide in Darfur, former Marine Capt. Brian Steidle is forever transformed by the atrocities he witnesses as a military observer for the African Union. Armed only with his camera, Steidle records the killings of black Africans at the hands of Janjaweed militias funded by Sudan's Arab government. With his bleak photos, Steidle focuses... see more

The Glass House
Hamid Rahmanian 2009 92 min
"The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. The Glass House follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. Forget about the Iran that you've seen before. With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of The Glass... see more

The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
Lisa Jackson 2007 76 min
"Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize in Documentary and the inspiration for a 2008 U.N. Resolution classifying rape as a weapon of war, this extraordinary film, shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), shatters the silence that surrounds the use of sexual violence as a weapon of conflict. Many tens of thousands of women and girls have been systematically... see more

The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud
Elli Safari 2007 29 min
"On March 18, 2005, Amina Wadud shocked the Islamic world by leading a mixed-gender Friday prayer congregation in New York. The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud is a fascinating and powerful portrait of this African-American Muslim woman who soon found herself the subject of much debate and Muslim juristic discourse. In defying 1400 years of Islamic tradition, her action caused global... see more

The Peacekeepers and the Women
Karin Jurschick 2003 80 min
"Winner of the Arte-Documentary Award for Best German Documentary, this chilling investigation examines the booming sex-trafficking industry in Bosnia and Kosovo, and boldly explores the disturbing role of the UN peacekeeping forces and the local military in perpetuating this tragic situation."In 1995, the UN set up a free trade zone in Bosnia, hoping to bring peace to the... see more

The Sari Soldiers
Julie Bridgham 2008 92 min
"Filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in Nepal’s modern history, The Sari Soldiers is an extraordinary story of six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the King’s crackdown on civil liberties. When Devi, mother of a 15-year-old girl, witnesses her... see more

The Tenth Planet: A Single Life in Baghdad
Melis Birder 2004 38 min
"'The Tenth Planet' paints an unprecedented picture of the current situation in Iraq from Kawkab's perspective. It is an extraordinary respite from the US media's incessant coverage of the cost of war measured in dollars and [bodycounts]. This documentary aims to portray a more intimate and human side of Baghdad, woven with the joys, fears and hopes of a young woman... see more

The Veiled Hope: Women of Palestine
Norma Marcos 1994 55 min
"The Veiled Hope explores the personal and political challenges facing Palestinian women through a series of wonderful portraits of women living on the Gaza and the West Bank. The women explain how in their daily lives as doctors, schoolteachers and activists they are working to rebu  ild Palestinian cultural identity. They also provide a rare insight into the complex... see more

The Women Next Door
Michal Aviad 1992 80 min
"The Women Next Door is a thoughtful and emotive documentary about women in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Israeli director Michal Aviad was living in the United States when the Intifada broke out in the West Bank and Gaza. Filled with questions about how the Occupation affected women on both sides of the conflict she set off in a journey through Israel and the Occupied Territories... see more

The Women of Hezbollah
Maher Abi-Samra 2001 49 min
"Filmmaker Maher Abi-Samra returns to the neighborhood of his youth, Ramel el Ali, in Beirut's southern suburb. Settled in the 1950's by the mostly Shiite community from the villages of southern Lebanon and the Beka Valley, this community grew on the rubble of the civil war. By the early 1980's it had become one of the strongholds of the Islamic Party of God, the Hezbollah... see more

This is Not Living (Hay mish Eishi)
Alia Arasoughly 2001 42 min
"Directed by Alia Arasoughly – a Palestinian filmmaker living in war-torn Ramallah – this deeply moving piece explores the lives of eight Palestinian women and their struggle to live normal lives amidst the degrading drama of war, terror and military occupation. Representing a diverse cross-section of Palestinian society – from a news editor to a domestic worker to a... see more

Three Women: The Hidden Face of Colombia's War
Lisa Jackson 2014
(This Film is in Progress) “Three Women: The Hidden Face of Colombia’s War is a verite documentary that follows for over 3 years the intertwined lives of Rosa, Sandra and Marcela, three unforgettable women living through one of this century’s most forgotten conflicts. They are all survivors of this war, displaced and starting over in a new city, helping each other fight for... see more

To Die in Jerusalem
Hilla Medalia 2007 40 min
"Ever since 17-year-old Rachel Levy, an Israeli, was killed four years ago in Jerusalem by a Palestinian suicide bomber, her mother Abigail has found hardly a moment's peace. Levy's killer was Ayat al-Akhras, also 17, a schoolgirl from a Palestinian refugee camp several miles away. The two young women looked unbelievably alike. To Die In Jerusalem unabashedly explores the Palestinian... see more

To See if I'm Smiling (Lir'ot Im Ani Mehayechet)
Tamar Yarom 2007 59 min
"Israel is the only country in the world where 18-year-old girls are drafted for compulsory military service. In this award-winning documentary, the frank testimonials of six female Israeli soldiers stationed in Gaza and the West Bank pack a powerful emotional punch. The young women revisit their tours of duty in the occupied territories with surprising honesty and strip bare... see more

Umoja - No Men Allowed
Elizabeth Tadic 2010 23 min
"UMOJA (Kiswahili for “unity”) tells the life-changing story of a group of impoverished tribal Samburu women in Northern Kenya who turn age-old patriarchy on its head by setting up a women-only village. Their story began in the 1990s, when several hundred women accused British soldiers from a nearby military base of rape. In keeping with traditional Samburu customs, the women... see more

Unveiled Views: Muslim Women Artists Speak Out
Alba Sotorra Clua 2009 52 min
"In this revealing documentary five extraordinary women talk about their occupations, aspirations, and the rights and status of women in their Muslim countries. Bosnian Alma Suljevic risks her life daily clearing the landmines near Sarajevo that are war’s deadly legacy, then sells minefield earth in European art galleries so that she can continue her work. Eren Keskin, a longtime... see more

Voices of Iraq
Eric Manes, Martin Kunert 2004 80 min
"The makers of this documentary handed out more than 150 video cameras to Iraqi citizens -- mothers, children, sheiks, insurgents and many others -- and asked them to voice their perspectives on war, terror and reform. The result is a unique tableau documenting Iraqis' lives and hopes as they struggle with years of turmoil and strive to build a civil society."Source: https://... see more

Waiting...
Atul Gupta, Shabnam Ara 2005 24 min
"A story of missing people, boys and men who were picked up by security forces and then simply disappeared. The location is Kashmir. Sandwiched between India and Pakistan, Kashmir is a battleground for both. Since the men are missing, not declared dead their wives are not widows but 'half widows'."The 'half widows' need extraordinary courage in living. Personally they... see more

Weapon of War
Ilse van Velzen, Femke van Velzen 2009 59 min
"In no other country has sexual violence matched the scale of brutality reached in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During nearly two decades of conflicts between rebels and government forces, an estimated 150,000 Congolese women and girls fell victim to mass rape. That figure continues to rise.  "Weapon of War, an award-winning film honored by Amnesty International,... see more

Woman Rebel
Kiran Deol 2009 36 min
"Over the course of a ten year revolution in Nepal - nearly 40% of the guerillas who joined the rebel army were women.  Woman Rebel follows the story of one such woman, Uma Bhujel (army codename “Silu”) from the jungles of revolution all the way through to the halls of Parliament. Having been propelled to join by witnessing gender inequality in her childhood, Silu... see more

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