Men of War

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    The experience of war, the individual within war, the aftermath of a war, the imprint it leaves on human bodies and souls. War is part of our daily experience, directly or indirectly through the media. War is not only still happening today; it is also eagerly promised to us tomorrow. 

    Items in this selection


    • Lucas Gallo
    • 2019

    Excerpts from the TV program 60 minutos and other archive material, primarily originating from the Argentine military dictatorship, document the 74-day Falklands War of 1982.

    A Long Breath

    • Remi Itani
    • 2019

    In a marginalized neighborhood in Tripoli, Lebanon, Ibrahim struggles with unemployment, the daily threat of war and his own demons. As an expectant father, he dreams of a devout Muslim life, but the appeal of pills, alcohol and gambling is strong.

    Desert One

    • Barbara Kopple
    • 2019

    A meticulous reconstruction of the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, when Iranian revolutionaries held 52 American citizens hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The crisis culminated in Carter’s landslide loss to Ronald Reagan in 1980.

    El Sicario, Room 164

    • Gianfranco Rosi
    • 2010

    In the motel room where he once tortured and murdered, an anonymous hit man discusses his work for a Mexican drug cartel. His detailed account describes the mechanisms of organized crime and the dehumanization that comes with it.

    For Sama

    • Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
    • 2019

    The 26-year-old citizen journalist Waad al-Kateab films her life in besieged Aleppo, Syria. She falls in love, marries, and gives birth to daughter Sama. In the form of a letter to Sama, the film intimately captures the reality of war and an uncertain future.

    I Have Seen Nothing, I Have Seen All

    • Yaser Kassab
    • 2019

    Filmmaker-in-exile Yaser Kassab calls his father in Aleppo, who tells him his brother’s grave has been moved. The physical distance increases Kassab’s sense of loss, but also turns him into an outsider.

    In Mansourah, You Separated Us

    • Dorothee Myriam Kellou
    • 2019

    For the first time since the Algerian War of Independence, witnesses talk about the rural resettlement camps, shedding light on an appalling and neglected episode in history. Why have people kept silent for all these years?


    • Molly Stuart
    • 2019

    Like most young adults in Israel, Atalya is required to join the army. She refuses, though, because there’s no way she’s going to participate in the oppression of Palestinians. We watch closely as she grows into a staunch human rights activist.

    State Funeral

    • Sergei Loznitsa
    • 2019

    A montage of previously unreleased material immerses us in the Soviet Union, in the four-day period of mourning following the death of Joseph Stalin on March 5, 1953. This is the grotesque culmination of the personality cult surrounding the dictator.

    Still Life

    • Susana de Sousa Dias
    • 2005

    Portugal’s Carnation Revolution of 1974 brought an end to the longest dictatorship of 20th-century Europe. A collage of news images, propaganda films and police photos sketch a picture of this almost forgotten and barely processed era.


    • Moritz Schulz
    • 2019

    A revealing look at a Ukrainian summer camp where children are transformed into proud soldiers—the doubts and tears during phone calls home expose the underlying anguish.

    The Atomic Cafe

    • Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty
    • 1982

    A satirical documentary about the American government’s attempts to influence public opinion in favor of nuclear weapons in the 1950s. In this compilation, the reassuring tone of the source material evokes a completely contrary response.

    The Brink

    • Alison Klayman
    • 2019

    Trump’s ex-strategist Steve Bannon is mobilizing leading European politicians for his populist movement. This subtle portrait dissects the method behind his mission, which he fearlessly pursues despite loss and vilification.

    The Cause

    • Andres Figueredo
    • 2019

    One of the most dangerous prisons in Venezuela is run by the inmates themselves. Current and former prisoners give a staggering account of life in this parallel society, and about the search for liberation within it.

    The Crossing

    • Otávio Almeida
    • 2019

    In high-contrast black-and-white footage, accompanied by an expressive soundtrack filled with the sounds of nature, a man struggles through the Sierra Maestra, the mountain range that was the birthplace of the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s.

    The Man with the Golden Soles

    • Omar Amiralay
    • 2000

    The Syrian citizen activist and documentary filmmaker Omar Amiralay makes a portrait of the controversial Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. When Hariri proves to be an unwilling protagonist, a subtle power struggle breaks out between them.

    Viva Matanzas

    • Dick Verdult
    • 2018

    The Dutch capture of the Spanish treasure fleet in 1628 heralded the end of the Spanish Empire. The film presents a masked-dance reenactment of this historical event—which passed without bloodshed—as an over-the-top costume drama.