Films – Genocide

For a useful select videography of films related to genocide studies, consult Samuel Totten, editor, Teaching About Genocide:  Issues, Approaches and Resources, chapter 11 (pp. 314-318).

A filmography on the topic of genocide and crimes against humanity, organized by country and/or region, is available from Adam Jones, author of Genocide:  A Comprehensive Introduction.

The Ghosts of Rwanda

Producer: Frontline, Source: PBS
Documentary marking the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key government officials and diplomats, this documentary offers eyewitness accounts of the genocide from those who experienced it firsthand. FRONTLINE illustrates the failures that enabled the slaughter of 800,000 people to occur unchallenged by the global community. Teachers guide and lesson plans available from PBS.
Time: 120 minutes
Grade Level: high school – adult

Hotel Rwanda
Director: Terry George, Producer: United Artists, Lion Gate Productions
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. Teachers guide available from Amnesty International includes three lessons and various
activities to use in conjunction with the film.
Time: 121 minutes
Grade Level: middle- high school

One Survivor Remembers
Producer: HBO and The UN Holocaust Memorial Museum, Source: Teaching Tolerance
Teachers guide available online. Encourage thoughtful classroom discussion about a historical topic that is particularly difficult to teach and comprehend.
Grade Level: middle- high school