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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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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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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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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 »

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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 »

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Ghanian General Henry Anyidoho: Our mandate is over, General. There is no more peace to keep.
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A solid narrative of a dark episode in Rwanda history
19 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is lesson 2, after lesson 1 (Hotel Rwanda) on the history of a country I know very little about. But that does not matter. Rwanda in 1994 was a stage on which we witnessed the triumph of the dark side of humanity, and the failure of a world body called UN.

As a film, 'Shake Hands with the Devil' was not rated as good as 'Hotel Rwanda' by the film critics. I tend to agree with this assessment. However, it was shot on location in Rwanda with many locals participating in the film. The acting in films was reasonably well done and the overall story telling convincing.

The film moved me enough to make me ponder other scenarios: what if General Dallaire took things into his own hands and started firing his weapons, instead of just passively observing the killing and rape? And what if the UN had a change of heart and decided to get further involved instead of backing out? How many lives could have been saved, and how that would have changed the Rwanda as we know it now?

In short, this film makes me think. And for this reason alone it is well worth my time.


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