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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (2004)

The story of Canadian Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, and his controversial command of the United Nations mission to Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.

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Himself - Author 'Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide' (as Gerald Caplan)
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Herself (archive footage) (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Roméo Dallaire ...
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Himself - CBC Journalist (as Michael Enright)
Paul Kagame ...
Himself - President of Rwanda
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Himself - During Trial (archive footage)
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The story of Canadian Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, and his controversial command of the United Nations mission to Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.

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One man coming to grips with "evil"
24 October 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A great documentary which tells the story of Dallaire in Rwanda during the genocide. It's amazing to see how no one responded to this crisis and yet quickly responded to what was happening in Yugoslavia. My one problem? Dallaire's roman-catholic spiritualism whereby he says he could feel "the coldness" of the "evil" men who orchestrated the genocide. There are no evil men and good men. Just men. What these men did, they did because they were human, not because the devil tapped them on the shoulder.

I'd heard about Dallaire's return to Canada and what happened when he came back. He was suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome and was severely depressed. At one point he wandered drunkenly through the streets of Ottawa while he contemplated suicide. He was eventually picked up on a park bench in Hull and was hospitalized. I would have been more interested in hearing about Dallaire's psyche when he returned home. This documentary is after all less about the genocide and more about Dallaire and his confrontation with what he calls "evil".


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