Documentary Recommendations

The International Humanitarian Studies Association is a network engaged with the study of humanitarian crises caused by natural disaster, conflict or political instability.

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.
A Day in the Life: Za’atari (2013)

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Adopting Haiti (2011)

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Between Frontlines – ICRC Delegates at Work (2014)

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Children of Congo: From War to Witches (2008)

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Desert Flower (2009)

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E-Team (2014)

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Fuocoammare – Fire at Sea (2016)

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Heart of the Congo (2005)

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Hidden in the Limelight of Tsunami (2009)

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Jim: The story of James Foley (2016)

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Kinshasa Symphony (2010)

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Living in Emergency (2011)

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

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Most Shocking Second a Day Video (2015)

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Orange Revolution (2007)

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Poverty INC (2011)

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Restrepo (2010)

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Selma (2014)

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Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (2014)

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Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields (2011)

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Taking Root (2008)

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The Ambassador (2011)

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The Foreign Aid Paradox (2014)

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The Greatest Silence (2008)

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The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

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The Most Distant Places (2010)

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The Normal Heart (2014)

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The Samaritans (2013)

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The Shock Doctrine (2009)

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The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008)

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The Trouble With Aid (2012)

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We come as Friends (2015)

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