Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Journalism & Mass Comm.

First Advisor

Kathleen Ryan

Second Advisor

Shu-Ling Chen Berggreen

Third Advisor

Aysegul Aydin


During the early 1990s a humanitarian intervention for famine in Somalia turned warlike and in influenced the decision by Western nations to not intervene in during the genocide in Rwanda. In the early 2000s the films Black Hawk Down (2001) and Hotel Rwanda (2004) were made about their respective situations, each with their own ideological slants about whether or not intervention in African conflicts is the right America. Through textual analysis I examined both films to determine how their depictions of children and the ‘Other’ are used to promote each film’s opinionated stories and paint a picture either in favor or against African intervention.