Documentaries on Genocide

by MrKaya | created - 08 Jan 2015 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

Documentaries on the genocides in world history, and the involved tragedies.

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1. S-21, la machine de mort Khmère rouge (2003)

Unrated | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

75 Metascore

A unique documentary on the notorious S-21 prison, today the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with testimony by the only surviving prisoners and former Khmer Rouge guards.

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Khieu 'Poev' Ches, Yeay Cheu, Nhem En, Houy Him

Votes: 909 | Gross: $0.02M

2. Google Darfur (2007)

97 min | Documentary, War

Since 2003 Militias Known As The Janjaweed, Under Orders From The Government Of Sudan, Have Killed Over 200,000 Civilians And Another 2.5 Million Have Been Forced Into Refugee Camps. In A ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Simental | Star: Ahmed Borgoto

Votes: 6

3. Darfur Now (2007)

PG | 98 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

An examination of the genocide in Sudan's western region of Darfur.

Director: Ted Braun | Stars: Don Cheadle, Ahmed Mahammed Abaka, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamad Abakar, Hawa Abaker

Votes: 674 | Gross: $0.11M

4. Sand and Sorrow (2007)

92 min | Documentary

A documentary about the events that led to the rise of Darfur's Arab-dominated government and the international community's "legacy of failure" to respond to the genocide carried out in the country.

Director: Paul Freedman | Stars: George Clooney, Abdulrahman Al-Zuma, Ahmed Ali, Hilary Benn

Votes: 178

5. They Turned Our Desert Into Fire (2007)

88 min | Documentary, War

Mark Brecke's They Turned Our Desert Into Fire tells the story of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan through the perspectives of Amtrak passengers during a three-day, ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Brecke | Stars: Samantha Power, John Prendergast, Georgette Gagnon, Barbara Lee

Votes: 12

6. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: On Our Watch (2007)

TV-MA | Documentary

Frontline outlines the crisis and genocide in the Darfur region. More importantly, it is explained how, even after their failure in Rwanda to stop genocide, the UN is again slow to act ... See full synopsis »

Director: Neil Docherty | Stars: Peter Berkrot, Will Lyman, Karen MacDonald

Votes: 5

7. As We Forgive (2010)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

Could you forgive a person who murdered your family? This is the question faced by the subjects of As We Forgive, a documentary about Rosaria and Chantal-two Rwandan women coming ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Waters Hinson

Votes: 40

9. Flower in the Gun Barrel (2008)

86 min | Documentary

Explores the process of reconciliation and forgiveness in post genocide Rwanda. Through interviews and days of following 4 Rwandans, the story of what led up to the genocide and how the citizens are coping unfolds.

Director: Gabriel Cowan | Star: Martin Sheen

Votes: 111

10. Flores de Ruanda (2008)

24 min | Documentary, Short

Between April and July 1994, over 800,000 people were killed in the Rwanda genocide. What's the current situation of the country? And what about the victims? That's the subject of this ... See full summary »

Director: David Muñoz

11. The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)

85 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

A documentary that exposes the genocide raging in Darfur, Sudan as seen through the eyes of a former U.S. marine who returns home to make the story public.

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Nicholas Kristof, Brian Steidle

Votes: 1,491 | Gross: $0.13M

13. The Art of Flight (2005)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

The Art Of Flight is a guerrilla documentary that was shot illegally in Egypt on camcorders and a laptop. This feature-length film tells the story of three people - a refugee from southern ... See full summary »

Director: Davin Anders Hutchins | Stars: Mr. Cool, The Cowboy, Davin Anders Hutchins, Jere Maluk

Votes: 21

15. All About Darfur (2005)

82 min | Documentary

A Sudanese immigrant to the UK returns to her homeland to understand why the seemingly racially harmonious country of her memories has become the scene of one of the worst instances of ethnic cleansing in recent history.

Director: Taghreed Elsanhouri

Votes: 19

16. Enemies of the People (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

The Khmer Rouge slaughtered nearly two million people in the late 1970s. Yet the Killing Fields of Cambodia remain unexplained. Until now. Enter Thet Sambath, an unassuming, yet cunning, ... See full summary »

Directors: Rob Lemkin, Thet Sambath | Stars: Thet Sambath, Nuon Chea, Pol Pot, Khieu Samphan

Votes: 446 | Gross: $0.07M

17. This Shattered Land (1980 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

This documentary chronicles the destruction of Cambodia 1970 to 1979, the Khmer Rouge Regime, and the Cambodian famine of 1979-1980.

Director: Phil Lewis | Star: Jim Laurie

18. The Flute Player (2003)

PG-13 | 55 min | Documentary

After surviving Cambodia's Killing Fields as a boy musician who entertained his captors, Arn Chorn Pond strives to heal the deep scars of his past by reviving Cambodia's traditional music.

Director: Jocelyn Glatzer

Votes: 24

19. Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia (1979)

50 min | Documentary, History, War

Disturbing documentary, shot on site less than a year after the Khmer Rouge downfall, depicting the shocking situation and recent history of Cambodia.

Director: David Munro | Star: John Pilger

Votes: 220

20. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: Ghosts of Rwanda (2004)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary

Ghosts of Rwanda marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key ... See full synopsis »

Director: Greg Barker | Stars: Madeleine Albright, Gromo Alex, Kofi Annan, Henry Anyidoho

Votes: 183

23. My Neighbor, My Killer (2009)

80 min | Documentary

The people of Rwanda attempt to reconcile after the genocide through an open process of admission and forgiveness.

Director: Anne Aghion

Votes: 76

24. Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (2004)

90 min | Documentary

80 Metascore

The story of Canadian Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, and his controversial command of the United Nations mission to Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.

Director: Peter Raymont | Stars: Gerry Caplan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Roméo Dallaire

Votes: 972

25. Frontline (1983– )
Episode: The Triumph of Evil (1998)

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary

Circumstances around Rwanda genocide and the deaths of Belgian Nato soldiers.

27. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Pol Pot: Secret Killer (2000)

Documentary, Biography

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Votes: 48

29. 100 Days (2001)

100 min | Drama

A local Hutu official is persuaded to implement the government's policy against the Tutsi: To completely wipe them out. Josette, a beautiful young Tutsi girl struggles to survive the ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Hughes | Stars: Eric Bridges Twahirwa, Cleophas Kabasita, Davis Kagenza, Mazimpaka Kennedy

Votes: 58

31. The Courage of Neighbors: Stories from the Rwandan Genocide (2010)

4 min | Documentary, Short, War

Amid the horrific ethnic violence of the Rwandan genocide, many Hutus risked their lives to save Tutsi neighbors. In a matter of months in early 1994, Hutus slaughtered at least 800,000 of ... See full summary »

Director: Iara Lee

32. Le génocide arménien (2006)

56 min | Documentary

This is the story of the first genocide of the 20th century; when the Young Turks at the end of the Ottoman Empire systematically exterminated 1.5 million Armenians during World War One.

Director: Laurence Jourdan

Votes: 88

33. The Armenian Genocide (1991)

25 min | Documentary, Short, History

Produced in a joint project by J. Michael Hagopian's production company the Armenian Film Foudation (which was created to promote Armenian cultural awareness) and the Curriculum Development... See full summary »

Director: J. Michael Hagopian | Star: Mark Andrew Reyes

Votes: 101

34. Screamers (2006)

R | 91 min | Documentary, Music

55 Metascore

Internationally known director Carla Garapedian follows the rock band System of a Down as they tour Europe and the US pointing out the horrors of modern genocide that began in Armenia in 1915 up though Darfur today.

Director: Carla Garapedian | Stars: Taner Akçam, Hrant Dink, John Dolmayan, Sibel Edmonds

Votes: 1,405 | Gross: $0.05M

35. 1915 Armenian Genocide (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History

The iconic "1915 Armenian Genocide" was originally produced in 1980 (digitally restored and re-released in 2010) is based on the eyewitness accounts of four survivors whose compelling story... See full summary »

Director: Mark Bedrosian | Star: Paul Schaefer

Votes: 1,729

36. The River Ran Red (2008 Video)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

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Director: J. Michael Hagopian

Votes: 21

37. Voyage to Amasia (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

VOYAGE TO AMASIA is a feature length documentary based around Eric Hachikian's piano trio of the same name. Amasya, Turkey is the city where Eric's grandmother, Helen Shushan, was born and ... See full summary »

Directors: Randy Bell, Eric V. Hachikian

Votes: 13

39. Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' (2005)

285 min | Documentary, History, War

The history of the Final Solution phase of the Nazi Holocaust, particularly with the most infamous of the death camps.

Stars: Samuel West, Linda Ellerbee, Gert Heidenreich, Linda Hunt

Votes: 3,747

40. Armenian Genocide (2006 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, History, War

The first Genocide of the 20th century when over a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I, between 1915 and 1918.

Director: Andrew Goldberg | Stars: Julianna Margulies, Ron Suny, Peter Balakian, Elizabeth Frierson

Votes: 1,623

41. The Flat (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents - both immigrants from Nazi Germany - he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.

Director: Arnon Goldfinger | Stars: Michael Adler, Yaron Amit, Avrham Barkai, Meital Beili

Votes: 1,420 | Gross: $0.47M

42. Escape From a Nazi Death Camp (2014)

Not Rated | 56 min

From PBS - The Nazi death camp at Sobibor was created solely for the mass extermination of Jews. But on October 14, 1943 the inmates fought back, in the biggest and most successful prison ... See full summary »

Director: Hereward Pelling | Stars: Eric Meyers, Andreas Beckett, Georg Nikoloff, Peter Clements

Votes: 123

43. Nicky's Family (2011)

96 min | Documentary, History

52 Metascore

This docudrama tells the story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 102 years ... See full summary »

Director: Matej Minac | Stars: Ben Abeles, Denisa Augustinova, Martin Bandzak, Tom Berman

Votes: 449

44. What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, History

69 Metascore

A human-rights lawyer conducts conversations with two men whose fathers were indicted as war criminals for their roles in WWII - Nazi Governors and consultants to Adolf Hitler himself.

Director: David Evans | Stars: Niklas Frank, Horst von Wächter, Philippe Sands

Votes: 1,038 | Gross: $0.04M

45. The Look of Silence (2014)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary, Biography, History

92 Metascore

A family that survived the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers.

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer | Stars: Adi Rukun, M.Y. Basrun, Amir Hasan, Inong

Votes: 9,641 | Gross: $0.11M

46. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, War

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War: Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and Martha Sharp, a trained social worker, in February 1939, boldly commit to a life-threatening mission in Europe to assist refugees.

Directors: Ken Burns, Artemis Joukowsky | Stars: Marina Goldman, Tom Hanks

Votes: 288

47. Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)

Not Rated | 59 min | Documentary, History

Produced and presented as evidence at the Nuremberg war crimes trial of Hermann Göring and twenty other Nazi leaders.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar N. Bradley, George S. Patton, Hayden Sears

Votes: 524

48. Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography

78 Metascore

A cinematic portrait of the life and career of the infamous American execution device designer and holocaust denier.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Fred A. Leuchter Jr., Robert Jan Van Pelt, David Irving, Caroline Leuchter

Votes: 5,096 | Gross: $0.50M

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