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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South Africa Belongs to Us
Chris Austin 1980 57 min
"" "A film portraying the daily struggles in the lives of black women in South Africa. With observational portraits of five ordinary women, and with the insight of four women activists, the film depicts the battle of the black woman for human dignity in the face of apartheid: from the struggle for a roof over her head and food for her children, to black consciousness-raising and the... see more

Stories of Honor and Shame
Antonia Caccia 1996 58 min
"The Gaza Strip endured 27 years of Israeli occupation and a prolonged Palestinian uprising. It is now partially administered by the Palestinian National Authority. This film takes us behind the scenes and reveals for the first time the hidden lives of the Palestinian women who live there. Through a series of remarkable personal accounts, fifteen women reveal their roles in a... see more

Swimming in Auschwitz
Jon Kean 2009 63 min
"Six Jewish women, from different countries and different backgrounds, found themselves deported to the notorious concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, during the Holocaust. This film attempts to chronicle that experience through those same female eyes. While subject to the same physical hardships as men, these women do not dwell on that. Instead, they speak of camp families and... see more

Malihe Gholamzadeh 2019 7 min
"A glimpse into the life of a girl during wartime."Source: see more

The Angelmakers
Astrid Bussink 2005 33 min
"In a small, sleepy village in the Hungarian countryside, after the First World War, a series of arsenic murders took place. Over 140 bodies were discovered. The victims, all men, were apparently killed by their wives. The Angelmakers is a fascinating and brilliantly irreverent documentary that reconstructs the murders from conversations with the town’s present, mostly... see more

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

Yannick Nolin 2019 5 min
"Due to the extreme situation in her country, a woman decides to cross the border on foot in search of a better life. The journey leads to devastating consequences that will change her life forever."Source: 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

Mohammad Reza Masoudi 2018 8 min
"Syrian and Iraqi immigrants are trying to cross the sea to reach Turkey. A mother must choose between the life of her child and her own life in the sea."Source: 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


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