Skip to Main Content

Genocide: Documentaries:

Resources to assist students researching genocides.


Take a look at some of these full-length documentaries on genocides that have occurred around the world:

1915 Aghet (Armenian Genocide):

Full-length documentary (1hr. 33min.)

More than just a historic retelling of the Genocide, the film also delves into the ongoing campaign of denial that the Turkish government has mounted since these events occurred in World War I.

The Forgotten Genocide (Bosnian Genocide):

43 min.

"Over 100,000 were killed, 50,000 women were raped, and 2.2 million people were displaced in the Bosnian Genocide from 1992 to 1995. This film reminds us of this bitter chapter in history."

Ghosts of Rwanda:

Full-length Frontline documentary

(approx. 2 hrs)

"Presents groundbreaking, first-hand accounts of the genocide from those who lived it: the diplomats on the scene who thought they were building peace only to see their colleagues murdered; the Tutsi survivors who recount the horror of seeing their friends and family slaughtered by Hutu friends and co-workers; and the U.N. peacekeepers in Rwanda who were ordered not to intervene in the massacre happening all around them."

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

The Path to Nazi Genocide (approx. 40 min.)

"View a new Museum film providing a concise overview of the Holocaust and what made it possible. Using rare footage, the film examines the Nazis' rise and consolidation of power in Germany as well as their racist ideology, propaganda, and persecution of Jews and other innocent civilians."

The Devil came on Horseback (Genocide in Darfur,Sudan):

Full-length documentary (1hr. 40min.)

"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."

Genocide - Worse than War:

Full-length PBS documentary (1hr. 54min.)

"WORSE THAN WAR documents Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's travels, teachings, and interviews in nine countries, he speaks with victims, perpetrators, witnesses, politicians, diplomats, historians, aid workers, and journalists, all with the purpose of explaining and understanding the features of genocide and how to stop it."

S21 - The Khmer Rouge Death Machine (Cambodian Genocide):

Full-length documentary (1hr. 40min.)

"This documentary, directed by a survivor of the genocide, chronicles the systematized murder perpetuated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979."