War Is Not a Game

Original Title: A la guerre comme à la guerre

87' | 2010 (Completed)



Creation details

  • Type
  • Category
  • Production share
    Majority Flemish Production
  • Genre
  • Year of production
  • Production status
  • Original title
    A la guerre comme à la guerre
  • Original language
    Russian, Hebrish, Spanish and English

Technical specs

  • Running time
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  • Available formats
    Digital Betacam
  • Colour

Contact & sales

  • Contact

    Simple Production

    Zavelput 29
    1000 Brussel

    T +32 2 217 47 30



  • Distribution

    • Lichtpunt - Belgium
    • ARTE France
    • RTBF
    • RTS
    • DLA - Latin America
    • Free Spech TV - USA
    • CBC - Canada
    • The Documentary Channel - USA
    • DBS Satellite - Israël
    • Telekanal Oykumena - Russia
    • Telefonica Argentina

Festivals & awards


War Is Not A Game was selected for IDFA 2011 in Amsterdam. It received the DOXA Film Festival Award for Most Creative Documentary in Vancouver and the YFF Best Historical Documentary Award in Yorkton. The film was nominated for the Prix Europa in Berlin and also won an award in France : l'Etoile de la Scam - the French author's rights organization.The DOXA Film Festival described the film as follows: "Lode Desmet's film is a scrupulous examination of the morality of combat. The interview subjects include former soldiers, mercenaries, guerrillas and peacekeepers; female bomber pilots serving in Afghanistan; and a Jewish-American lawyer who prosecuted Nazis at the Nuremberg tribunals. The interviews are deeply moving and provocative, as we hear tales of combat that complicate the notion of strict ethical codes. The film's subject is the intersection of abstract law and personal context, and Desmet pursues this dynamic across a broad swath of history, from World War II to Bosnia to the War on Terror. This is a disturbing, illuminating film that applies big questions to personal contexts, and vice versa."


No award information available.


Supported by

Lichtpunt, YLE TV1, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel, Media Programme, Belgacom, Arte, Radio Canada

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