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


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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A true story of compassion, courage and hope See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violent images and brief strong language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

28 September 2007 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Aperte as Mãos do Diabo  »

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CAD 11,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roy Dupuis collaborated significantly with Roméo Dallaire while researching this film and the two became friends. See more »


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 »


Paul Kagame: They keep changing the rules. They don't want to share power with us. Can't you see they're stalling? We decide to resume hostilities, I'll give you twenty four hours' notice.
General Romeo Dallaire: Is that a warning?
Paul Kagame: No. A promise. But I am warning you. Something terrible is coming. And once it starts, nobody will be able to stop it. I'm afraid many people will die.
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Heart wrenching history
1 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's 1993. Canadian General Romeo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) is assigned to lead the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda after a war between the Tutsis and Hutus. There is a rise in the Hutu militia Interhamwe. The prime minster is a moderate Hutu woman. It's an uneasy peace with reports of mysterious killings. The New York UN headquarter constantly interferes in the mission and pushing to get out. When the genocide starts, events spiral out of control and Dallaire tries his best despite UN bureaucracy and worldwide abandonment.

It's a very interesting docudrama reciting the events of the genocide. One of the drawbacks for me is the heavyhandedness. There are some musical cues that pushes too far. The story doesn't need the additional melodrama. It is heart wrenching to see history unfold once again. The real Kigali locations elevate the realism. The other minor problem is that I don't see the need to constantly return to the present day. The story is so compelling that the present day story is insignificant.

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