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Feature films and documentaries can provide valuable information for the researcher.
Documentaries often include interviews with leaders and experts in international law, and they sometimes include images taken from archival materials/footage.
Browse video collection at the McPherson Library
Selected films at the Priestly Law Library
These films provide an in-depth look at international legal issues such as war and conflict, human rights and genocide.
The Fog of War DVD
Call Number: LAW Reserve E840.8 M46F64 2004
The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara was one of the most controversial and influential political figures of the 20th century. Now, he offers a candid and intimate journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. With surprising insights into the 1945 bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the effects of the Vietnam War.
Ghosts of Rwanda DVD
Call Number: LAW Reserve DT450.435 G56 2004
Through interviews with key government officials, diplomats, soldiers, and survivors, this documentary examines the state-sponsored genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Explores the reasons why the international community and the United States did not intervene as Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 Tutsis.
In Search of International Justice DVD
Call Number: LAW Reserve KZ6250 I5 2006
Discusses the evolution of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world's first, permanent, international judicial body capable of prosecuting individuals accused of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so. The film travels to Kosovo, northern Uganda, Iraq, Rwanda and Darfur, focusing on offenses that have or could have fallen under the ICC's jurisdiction.
Judgment at Nuremberg DVD
Call Number: LAW Reserve PN1997 J83 2004
American judge Daniel Haywood presides over the trial of four German jurists accused of "legalizing" Nazi atrocities. But as graphic accounts of sterilization and murder unfold in the courtroom, mounting political pressure for leniency forces Haywood into making the most harrowing and difficult decision of his career.
Justice Without Borders DVD
Call Number: LAW Reserve KZ6311 J87 2007
This film follows three stories: the movement to extradite former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori from Chile to Peru on charges of gross human rights violations and corruption; the groundbreaking work of the International Criminal Court to bring to justice armed group leaders in Uganda and the Democratic Repubic of Congo who enslave children and force them to participate in hostilities: and the decade-long quest to bring former Guatemalan General Efrain Rios Montt to justice in Spain for scorched earth policies which resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths
Milosevic on Trial DVD
Call Number: LAW Reserve DR2051 M54 2010
The documentary spans four years, from 2002-2006, during which time Milosevic was tried at the International Criminal Tribunal for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Nuremberg Trials DVD
Call Number: LAW Reserve KZ1176.5 N87 2006
This American Experience production draws upon rare archival material and eyewitness accounts to re-create the dramatic tribunal that defines trial procedure for state criminals to this day.
The Reckoning: the Battle for the International Criminal Court DVD
Call Number: LAW Reserve KZ6310 R42 2009
Though over 120 countries voted to create the International Criminal Court (ICC), some of the most powerful nations in the world - China, Russian, and the United States - refused to ratify it, the U.S. claiming, among other things, that the ICC's authority to second-guess the actions taken and the results reached by participating states was an infringement on national sovereignty. Nevertheless, prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo issues arrest warrants for the rebel leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, puts four Congolese warlords on trial in The Hague, charges the president of Sudan with genocide and war crimes in Darfur, challenges the UN Security Council to have him arrested, and shakes up the Colombian criminal justice system.
War Dance DVD
Call Number: LAW Reserve GV1799 W37 2007
A depiction of the transformative and uplifting potential of music and dance in the lives of children. Dominic, Rose, and Nancy are three children of the Acholi tribe, living in the war zone displacement camp in Patongo, Uganda. As war refugees, their families have been decimated, their homes lost, and they have been burdened with vivid memories of violence. However, the children are at least able to attend a camp school that offers them inspiration, as they participate in music, song and performance. When they are invited to compete in an annual music and dance festival in their nation's capitol, an opportunity for which all 20,000 Ugandan schools compete, they are given the chance to regain hope and success in their lives.