These resources have been created to provide educators and Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) activity organisers with suggested films that talk to both the Holocaust and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. The resources also provide discussion points, questions and suggestions for further activities to take forward your learning and engagement with the Holocaust and more recent genocides.
Film is an easily accessible medium through which individuals and communities can be introduced to both the Holocaust and more recent genocides. While film cannot provide the whole history of, or cover all the different experiences and perspectives of those who were persecuted and murdered, they can provide a starting point for engaging with, and thinking about, the impact of the Holocaust and more recent genocides on individuals and communities.
British Board of Film Certification (BBFC) and Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) film resource
Developed in collaboration with the BBFC this resource comprises a film list curated by BBFC Compliance Officers – the experts in content classification. The films contained in the resource explore aspects of the Holocaust and Holocaust denial, and perspectives and stories from more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia.
Suitable for use by A-level educators, university societies or appropriately-aged youth groups, the resource includes key classification information (such as the age rating and content advice for each film). Additionally, the resource features helpful prompts to facilitate classroom conversations on the subject matter, and encourage students to examine their portrayal in each of the titles.
HMDT Film Screening Guide
The films listed in the below resource come with a brief description and age rating to help you choose the right film for your audience. We always recommend that you watch the film first before showing it to others.
There are a number of spaces, whether at home, in a classroom or office, or in community centre or library that individuals or groups may choose to watch these films. If you’re watching the films together online, you may want to consider using third party extensions such as Netflix Party. If holding a discussion about the film afterwards in an online setting you may choose to use a platform such as Zoom, in which case you may find the Community Security Trust’s advice on secure live streaming useful.
If you choose to screen a film outside your home for a group, you may need a licence – more information about whether you need a licence and how to get one, is available from the Independent Cinema Office.