WORSE THAN WAR documents Goldhagen¹s travels, teachings, and interviews in nine countries around the world, bringing viewers on an unprecedented journey of insight and analysis. In a film that is highly cinematic and evocative throughout, he speaks with victims, perpetrators, witnesses, politicians, diplomats, historians, humanitarian aid workers, and journalists, all with the purpose of explaining and understanding the critical features of genocide and how to finally stop it.
“History is laden with belligerent leaders using humanitarian rhetoric to mask geopolitical aims. History also shows how often ill-informed moralism has led to foreign entanglements that do more harm than good.”
– Samantha Power
Perpetrator(s): Janjaweed (devils on horseback) – Government-armed and funded Arab militias
Affected Group(s): Darfurians
2003 – present
In 2003 the government of Sudan unleashed the Janjaweed and Sudanese forces on the villages throughout Darfur as retaliation for the rebel movements who rose up against the Sudanese government in reaction to the governments failure to protect the people against nomadic attacks. Over 400 villages were completely ravaged and millions of civilians were forced to leave their homes.
This is an ongoing genocide as African farmers and others are continually systematically displaced and murdered by the Janjaweed. Over 400,000 lives are lost and 2.5 million people are displaced. The government denies their connection with the Janjaweed.
In 2003 violence broke out in Darfur, a region in western Sudan, between local tribes and government-backed militia. Since then, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and nearly two million victims have been displaced from their homes. Read more.