Humanitarian Documentary Database

This list was created as part of the International Humanitarian Studies Association Media Committee. The list aims to share films that communicate the complexities of humanitarian crises to better educate and inform practitioners, academics, and ultimately the public at large. The IHSA would like to promote critical discussion of these films, but does not endorse the actual contents or views of specific films.The sole aim of the International Humanitarian Studies Association with the list is to educate and inform people about humanitarian crises, policy and action, so that they can critically engage with the films on the list, and hopefully also with the ways crises are either being addressed or neglected. If you have any suggestions we would love to hear them.
8000 Paperclips (2020)

Read more

A Day in the Life: Za’atari (2013)

Read more

Adopting Haiti (2011)

Read more

Advocate (2020)

Read more

Bajo Fuego – Under Siege (2020)

Read more

Between Frontlines – ICRC Delegates at Work (2014)

Read more

Bitter Bread (2019)

Read more

Children of Congo: From War to Witches (2008)

Read more

Congo Calling (2020)

Read more

Disaster Capitalism (2018)

Read more

Do Not Split (2019)

Read more

E-Team (2014)

Read more

For Sama (2019)

Read more

Fuocoammare – Fire at Sea (2016)

Read more

Gaza (2019)

Read more

He Named Me Malala (2015)

Read more

Heart of the Congo (2005)

Read more

Hidden in the Limelight of Tsunami (2009)

Read more

Human Flow (2017)

Read more

Hunger Ward (2020)

Read more

Jim: The story of James Foley (2016)

Read more

Kinshasa Symphony (2010)

Read more

Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone – If You´re a Girl (2019)

Read more

Living in Emergency (2011)

Read more

Malteser International in Africa – With the people, for the people (2007)

Read more

Most Shocking Second a Day Video (2015)

Read more

Nasrin (2020)

Read more

Orange Revolution (2007)

Read more

Photographer of War (2019)

Read more

Poverty INC (2011)

Read more

Radio Silence (2020)

Read more

Refugee (2018)

Read more

Restrepo (2010)

Read more

Salam Neighbor (2015)

Read more

Selfish – The Humanitarian in the Field of the Intimate (2020)

Read more

Selma (2014)

Read more

Shadow Game (2021)

Read more

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014)

Read more

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields (2011)

Read more

Taking Root (2008)

Read more

The Ambassador (2011)

Read more

The Daughters of Destiny

Read more

The Foreign Aid Paradox (2014)

Read more

The Greatest Silence (2008)

Read more

The Land Between (2013)

Read more

The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

Read more

The Most Distant Places (2010)

Read more

The Normal Heart (2014)

Read more

The Pebble in the Boot (2017)

Read more

The Price of Cheap (2020)

Read more

The Right Girls (2020)

Read more

The Shock Doctrine (2009)

Read more

The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)

Read more

The Trouble With Aid (2012)

Read more

The White Helmets (2016)

Read more

This is Congo (2017)

Read more

Vivos (2020)

Read more

We come as Friends (2015)

Read more