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Shake Hands with the Devil (2007)

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The story of General Romeo Dallaire's frustrated efforts to stop the madness of the Rwandan Genocide, despite the complete indifference of his superiors.

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Owen Sejake ...
Ghanian General Henry Anyidoho (as Owen Lebakeng Sejake)
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Major Brent Beardsley
Michel Mongeau ...
Luc Marchal
Robert Lalonde ...
Général Maurice Baril
John Sibi-Okumu ...
Booh-Booh
Akin Omotoso ...
Paul Kagame
Tom McCamus ...
Phil Lancaster
John Matshikiza ...
President Habyarimana
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Bernard Kouchner
Strini Pillai ...
Bangladeshi Commander
Craig Hourqueble ...
Willem
Kenneth Khambula ...
Major Kamenzi
Patrice Faye ...
Colonel Poncet
Chris Thorne ...
American Ambassador
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Storyline

In the end of 1993, the Canadian General Romeo Dallaire is assigned to lead the United Nation troops in Rwanda. In 1994, when the genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus begins, General Dallaire gives his best effort to help the people in Rwanda, inclusive negotiating with the Tutsi rebels, the Hutu army and the Interhamwe militia. However, he fights against bureaucracy and lack of interest from the United Nations and witnesses the West World ignoring and turning back any sort of support, inclusive USA opposing in the security council of UN to any type of help. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When The World Turned Its Back, One Man Stood Up. See more »

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Rated R for some disturbing violent images and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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28 September 2007 (Canada)  »

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Aperte as Mãos do Diabo  »

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CAD 11,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Filming actually took place on location in Kigali which is considered to be the catalyst of the Genocide. A plane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, and Cyprien Ntaryamira, the Hutu president of Burundi, was shot down as it prepared to land in Kigali. The Gikondo massacre, which also took place in Kigali. See more »

Goofs

At the international news report on the massacres, the modern Rwandan flag is depicted on the screen, which wasn't introduced until 2001, whereas the news report was from 1994, during the massacre. See more »

Quotes

General Romeo Dallaire: Somebody once said that peacekeeping is not a soldier's job, but only a soldier can do it!
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Shake hands With and Oscar...
2 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Rarely do I watch a movie and get physically affected by it. Crash made tears well, Shake Hands with the Devil made me weep. It made me sick with anguish and sorrow. This movie is the most powerful movie I have ever seen. It's hard to soften the subject matter of this movie, the systematic extermination of nearly a million people, the inaction by the world at large, the plight of a broken soul. "Shake Hands with the Devil" succeeds in bring to light the events that occurred in April, 1994 in the small African nation, as seen through the eyes of Gen. Romeo D'Allaire. Throughout the film we see graphic images of the atrocities that occurred in Rwanda, from dismembered corpses to severed arms, legs, and heads. Rotting piles of bodies on the roadsides and men, women, and children being hacked up in the streets. This movie is not a fun time for anybody. This movie isn't fun. It's depressing. Very, very depressing. I think this is a movie that every single person should see. So that, as Romeo says, No one ever forgets April, 1994 in Rwanda. This movie is deserving of a nomination for an Oscar, it is the best Canadian film I have seen since "Bon Cop Bad Cop".


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