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Genocide Prevention and Awareness Film List

Table of Contents (organized alphabetically A-Z)

  • Big Sonia (83 mins)
  • Darfur Now (98 mins)
  • Hotel Rwanda (121 mins)
  • Jealous of the Birds (88 mins)
  • The Killing Fields (141 mins)
  • The Last Survivor (88 mins)
  • The Promise (135 mins)
  • Schindler’s List (197 mins)
  • Sometimes in April (140 mins)
  • Sweet Dreams (86 mins)
  • Worse Than War (120 mins)

Big Sonia

A documentary by Leh Warshawski and Todd Soliday

Running Time: 83 mins

Synopsis: In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to resist her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all.

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Darfur Now

A documentary by Ted Braun

Running Time: 98 minutes

Synopsis: An examination of the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur that has left approximately a half a million civilians dead and 2.5 million civilians displaced.

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Hotel Rwanda

A feature film by Terry George

Running Time: 121 mins

Synopsis: The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

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Jealous of the Birds

A documentary by Jordan Bahat

Running Time: 88 mins

Synopsis: After WWII, some 15,000 Holocaust survivors resettled in Germany despite the tension and paranoia of living amidst their persecutors. How could they stay? JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS was born from this pivotal question. And while the film finds no simple answers, it unearths a unique community living under particular circumstances. There is no illusion here: Only in Germany do the victims of concentration camps publicly encounter those implicated in their near extinction. And in so doing… They shape each other. Filmmaker Jordan Bahat leads this quest with a desire to understand the choices made by his own grandparents. In interviews with survivors, their children and other Germans, Bahat explores what it means for victims to live among perpetrators and for children of those perpetrators to deal with the guilt borne from the crimes of their parents. The film becomes a conversation about the effects of these relationships on future generations and the human capacity to confront and rebuild. Jealous of the Birds reminds us that the choices of the past create a legacy that plays out across families, nations, cultures and generations.

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The Killing Fields

A feature film by Roland Joffe

Running Time: 141 mins

Synopsis: The Killing Fields is a 1984 British film drama about the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. It is based on the experiences of three journalists: Dith Pran, a Cambodian, Sydney Schanberg, an American, and Jon Swain, a journalist from the UK. The film, which won three Academy Awards, was directed by Roland Joffe.

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The Last Survivor

A documentary by Michael Pertnoy and Michael Kleiman

Running Time: 88 minutes

Synopsis: The Last Survivor is an award winning, feature-length documentary film that presents the stories of four Survivors and their struggle to make sense of tragedy by working to educate a new generation, inspire tolerance and spark a civic response to mass atrocity crimes. Following the lives of survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities – The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo – The Last Survivor presents a unique opportunity to learn from the lessons and mistakes of our past in order to have a lasting social impact on how we act collectively in the face of similar issues which still exist today.

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The Promise

A feature film by Terry George

Running Time: 135 mins

Synopsis: Empires fall, love survives. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris (Christian Bale), a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to get their people to safety and survive themselves. The Promise is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Terry George.

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Schindler’s List

A feature film by Steven Spielberg

Running Time: 197 mins

Synopsis: In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

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Sometimes in April

A feature film by Raoul Peck

Running Time: 140 mins

Synopsis: The story centers on two brothers: Honoré Butera, working for the tribalist Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, and Augustin Muganza, a captain in the Rwandan army (who was married to a Tutsi woman, Jeanne, and had three children with her: Anne-Marie, Yves-André, and Marcus), who bear witness to the killing of close to 800,000 people in 100 days while becoming divided by politics and losing some of their own family. The film depicts the attitudes and circumstances leading up to the outbreak of brutal violence, the intertwining stories of people struggling to survive the genocide, and the aftermath as the people try to find justice and reconciliation.

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Sweet Dreams

A documentary by Rob and Lisa Fruchtman

Running Time: 86 mins

Synopsis: Powerful sounds pierce the silence of the Rwandan countryside. Curious children gawk outside the gate. This is something new in Rwanda—a group of women, 60 strong, pounding out rhythms of power and joy. In 1994 Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide. Close to a million were killed by neighbors, friends, even family. Horror swept the land. And when it was over, those who remained were broken, dead inside. The country has made great strides in economic recovery, but “people are not like roads and buildings” says Kiki Katese, pioneering Rwandan theater director. “How do we rebuild a human being?” Kiki decided to start Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first and only women’s drumming troupe, open to women from both sides of the conflict. There was only one requirement: to leave the categories of the past at the gate. For the women—orphans, widows, wives and children of perpetrators—the group has been a place to begin to live again, to build new relationships, to heal the wounds of the past. Yet the struggle to survive and provide for their families still persists. So when Kiki came up with the idea to open Rwanda’s first and only ice cream shop, the women were intrigued … What was ice cream exactly and how would they do it? Kiki invited Jennie and Alexis of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream to come to Rwanda to help the drummers open their shop, which they aptly named Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams). Sweet Dreams follows this remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the genocide to create a new future for themselves.
“Because of our history, people know how to fight against, but not for,” Kiki says. “We want to change that equation.”

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Worse Than War

A documentary by Mike Dewitt

Running Time: 120 mins

Synopsis: Worse Than War documents Daniel Goldhagen’s travels, teachings, and interviews in nine countries around the world, bringing viewers on an unprecedented journey of insight and analysis. Goldhagen also conducts probing and revealing interviews with Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Francis Deng, UN Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide; and Clint Williamson, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues.

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