Friday, January 28, 2011

Video of the Month

(2010, 114 mins.)

A companion documentary to his 2009 book, Worse Than War is Daniel Goldhagen's global but highly personal exploration of genocide and "eliminationism." Goldhagen visits Rwanda, Bosnia, and Cambodia, among other countries consumed by genocide; confronts Guatemalan génocidaire Efraín Ríos Montt with the cameras rolling; and in especially moving scenes, returns with his father to the Ukrainian village where he narrowly escaped being murdered by the Nazis, and where many of his family members lie buried in a mass grave. The film is too self-centred at times, and Goldhagen never engages with his own country's role as a supporter and perpetrator of mass atrocity. Nonetheless, it's a vivid, comprehensive, and up-to-date survey.

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