Films for Teaching Peace

The Tillman Story

The family of professional football player turned soldier Pat Tillman sets out to explore and uncover the real story behind their son’s death in April 2004 when he was serving in Afghanistan.

The White Helmets

Documentary about Syrians who risk thier lives to rescue victims of war.

The Year of Living Dangerously

A romantic drama of an Austrailian reporter in war-torn Indonesia.

They Can’t Break Our Union

A chronicle of the longest strike in Massachusetts history which came to be a national symbol for labor unions fighting for their continued survival.

This is What Democracy Looks Like

Activists representing diverse interest protest the 1999 summit of the World Trade Organization.

Tough Guise

A short documentary about vioelnce, media, and the crisis in masculinity.

True Colors

TV cameras follow two young men, one white, one black, to reveal prejudice.

Uncovered: The War on Iraq

The War on Iraq builds the case that the George W. Bush administration intentionally deceived the American people in order to justify going to war in 2003.

Under Fire

A powerful drama of jouranlists covering the overthrow of the Samoza dictatorship in Nicaragua.


Undeterred tells the story of the build up of enforcement along the US/Mexico border and how it functions. Through intimate portraits, raw footage and artful animation, it shows how life in one small town has changed and how local residents have organized to push back and resist those changes.

Violence: An American Tradition

Exploration of the tradition of violence in the United States of America, drawing on the history of invading settlers and native peoples, frontier outlaws and modern-day murderers, racist violence, the urban underclass, and domestic abuse.

Wag the Dog

Shortly before an election, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join efforts to fabricate a war in order to cover up a presidential sex scandal.

Waltz with Bashir

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman wrote, directed and stars in this autobiographical animated film. As a 19-year-old infantry soldier in the 1982 war with Lebanon, Folman witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre, but realizes that he has no memory of the event. In 2006, he seeks out others who were in Beirut at the time to discuss their memories, including a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress disorders and the first journalist to cover the massacre.

What Tomorrow Brings

The story of the first girls’ school in one small Afghan village. This documentary film traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents, and school founder Razia Jan.  While the girls learn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom.


A Nebraska cop serves as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.

Why We Fight

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki’s shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.


Alternative perspectives on violence are explored through the story of an Amish boy who is witness to a murder.

Women, War, and Peace

PBS documentary series that challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain and reveals the central role of women in the quest for peace and justice in modern warfare.


A Greek peace movement is targeted by a terrorist group.