Movies, Media & Memoirs
about UN Peacekeepers 

 

Movies (dramatization of real events)

Black Hawk Down (2001) – US forces, loosely connected  to the UN operation  in Somalia, combat againt a Somali warlord (In reality, US soldiers were saved by UN peacekeepers, though hardly recognized in the film) Netflixtrailer

Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) Aida works as a translator for the UN mission in Srebrenica, just prior to the slaughter. Trailer (YouTube)

Sergio (2020) – Biographical drama of life and death of Sergio Viera de Mello, based on book by Samantha Power, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergio_(2020_film)

Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)  (YouTube trailer). inspired by Roméo Dallaire's book of the same title it is an engaging films, showing peacekeepers making a difference against huge odds.
         Other films about Rwandan genocide featuring peacekeepers (but not from the peacekeepers' perspective) are:
         Beyond the Gates (2005, IFC Films/Adirondack/BBC) (Amazon) and
        Hotel Rwanda (2004) UN is depicted as having little use in repelling attacks on the hotel and civilians in the country. Script: http://dailyscript.com/scripts/hotel_rwanda.html
        Sometimes in April (2005) US TV historical drama

The Siege of Jadotville (2016) – an Irish unit repelling an attack in the Congo in 1961 (Netflix), script: https://www.scripts.com/script-pdf/21308

The Whistleblower (2010)  US police  officer, working as a UN peacekeeper in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999, discovers a sex trafficking ring with NATO/UN officials turning  a blind eye; unfavorable to the UN, though the main antogonists were contractors. https://foreignpolicy.com/2011/06/29/the-whistleblower-the-movie-the-u-n-would-prefer-you-didnt-see. Amazon Prime Video.

 

TV series

Answered by Fire (YouTube) – Two part mini-series on the 1999-2001 UN missions in East Timor, featuring UN police from Australia. (Australian-Canadian co-production). Quite true to actual events, though with many composite characters.

King of Krasna – Canadian peacekeepers in former Yugoslavia (unable to find online)

Peacekeepers (CBC, 1997, 2 hr)  drama about Canadian  peacekeepers in Croatia.

Warriors – British series about UK forces in the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) during the Yugoslav Wars

 

Documentaries

Blue Helmets: A History of United Nations Peacekeeping (1990), Congo old link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtcPSOoGdPc&list=PLzSh3LRfApuqTlQvSG73y-sETWj8GtzwV&index=7

Backstabbing for Beginners (2018) – film about the oil for food scandal in Iraq https://www.scripts.com/script-pdf/3425

Can the UN Keep the Peace? (BIR.ORG, 22:54, YouTube) realistic but positive view of the UN's Congo mission after the Kiwanja failure 

Mandated to Protect: Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations, (un.org, YouTube

No Man’s Land (2001) about Serb, Bosniak  and UN soldiers  of ill-will

No Place to Hide (2013) – about sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers and soldiers. Amazon Prime Video

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (2004) documents the return visit to Rwanda of the former commnanding generatl of the UN mission in Rwanda in 1993-94. Full doc: YouTube

Soldiers without Guns. Describes Bougainville island conflict and peace facilitated by unarmed New Zealand peacekeepers, especially a featured female officer, and then Austrlian peacekeepers,  (ignore the overly dramatic music background). Full doc on Vimeo

The Peacekeepers – excellent documentary on the UN struggle to keep peace in Ituri, D.R. Congo. Show dilemmas & tensions for UNHQ, mission HQ and peacekeepers on the ground. Amazon Prime Video . Also National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

UN Peacekeeping Is (YouTube, 2:18) 

UN Peacekeeping: Challenges from the Field Today and Tomorrow (un.org, YouTube, 22:54)  

UN Peacekeeping Force in East Timor, un.org, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muji6SrP6vk&list=PLzSh3LRfApuqTlQvSG73y-sETWj8GtzwV&index=6

UN: Last Station Before Hell – fair review of peacekeeping, with examples from Lebanon, Cyprus, D.R. Congo and C.A. Republic, and UN headquarters
 Amazon Prime Video

"What is peacekeeping?” (web, 1:01) George Clooney’s short video in style of this day

 

Audio books

Peacekeeping by Mischa Berlinsky (14 hr)
https://www.audible.ca/search?keywords=peacekeeping&ref=a_hp_t1_header_search

Peacekeepers (2019) by James Rosone and Miranda Watson, fiction, link to any realisitc peacekeeping yet to be determined (audible.ca)

Scorched Earth (2019) by Tammy Pemper based on actual peacekeeping events in East Timor during the 1999 referendum. (amazon.ca)

 

Simulations and Games

Gaming for Peace -- teaches soft skills for peacekeeping; website with game download

 

Memoirs

Burns, E. L. M., Between Arab and Israeli. Toronto, Canada: Clarke and Irwin; 1962, 336 pp. 

Dallaire, Romeo, Shake Hands with the Devil:The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, Random House Canada, 584.

Danieli, Yael. 2018. Sharing the Front Line and the Back Hills : International Protectors and Providers - Peacekeepers, Humanitarian Aid Workers and the Media in the Midst of Crisis. Boca Raton, FL : Routledge. (short stories from the field)

Davis, James, The Sharp End: A Canadian Soldier's Story, Douglas & McIntyre Ltd, 1997.

Doss, Alan, A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s WarsLynne Rienner Press, 2020. 

De Domenico , John E. G., Land of a Million Elephants: Memoirs of a Canadian Peacekeeper, 113 pp. [memoirs of service with the International Commission for Supervision and Control in Laos]

Grant, Kurt. All Tigers, No Donkeys: A Citizen Soldier in Croatia, 1994-1995. St. Catherines, ON: Vanwell, 2005. [diaries from reservist in UNPROFOR/Croatia, 1994-1995.]

Guéhenno, Jean-Marie. The fog of peace: a memoir of international peacekeeping in the 21st century. Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2015.

MacKenzie, Lewis. Peacekeeper: the Road to Sarajevo. Toronto, Canada: Harper Collins Pub.; 1994. xx, 546 pp.

Maure, Ben J. S., Leading at the Edge: True Tales from Canadian Police in Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping Missions Around the World. (Edge of Water Designs, 2020).

 

Biographies

Baker, Catherine. “Have You Ever Been in Bosnia? British Military Travelers in the Balkans Since 1992.” Journeys (New York, N. Y.) 12, no. 1 (2011): 63. https://doi.org/10.3167/jys.2011.120104.
interviews by the author with 14 UK military personnel (among 51 interviews for research project on foreign languages and peacekeeping)

Bishop, J. R. (2001). Warrior, peacekeeper, diplomat, spy : the memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel (retd) John R. Bishop . Mossy Knoll Enterprises.

Off, Carol. The Lion, the Fox & the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Rwanda and Yugoslavia, Random House Canada, 2001, 416 pp.

Power, Samantha, Sergio, (HBO Documentary, YouTube, 2009, 1:34:26; via amazon.com). Movie (2020): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergio_(2020_film)

 

To Check

Paskal (Malaysian peacekeepers in Horn of Africa, hostage taking of a ship), English subtitles, Netflix