UN: Last station before hell

The United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary in the fall of 2015. Among other innovations, members of the UN devised the novel concept of “soldiers for peace.” But can peace be enforced militarily?

The original mission of the United Nations was “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” by maintaining peace and security between states. Now that terrorists and internal conflicts strike far more frequently than traditional inter-state wars, what does international security mean?

In a world that is so different from the one that the UN faced after World War II, how might the UN succeed in its peacekeeping missions—from its oldest in Lebanon, to the largest in Congo, to its newest in the Central African Republic? This film explores these challenging issues through field investigations and interviews with key decision-makers in UN peacekeeping.

This film, together with ’Mozambique: Ending Poverty’ explores these formidable issues through field investigations and interviews with decision makers. ‘Last Station before Hell’ looks at the conditions that make or break a UN mission while ‘Ending Poverty’ assesses the challenges of implementing the UN’s millennium development goals through the case study of Mozambique.


  • Year: 2015
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Alegria Productions
  • Director: Pierre-Olivier François & Bernard Mangiant
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France


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