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Beyond the Gates (2005)

Shooting Dogs (original title)
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A Catholic priest and an English teacher get stranded in a school in Kigali during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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David Wolstencroft (screenplay), Richard Alwyn (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Hurt ... Christopher
Hugh Dancy ... Joe Connor
Dominique Horwitz ... Capitaine Charles Delon
Louis Mahoney ... Sibomana
Nicola Walker ... Rachel
Steve Toussaint ... Roland
David Gyasi ... François
Susan Nalwoga Susan Nalwoga ... Edda
Victor Power ... Julius
Jack Pierce ... Mark
Musa Kasonka Jr. Musa Kasonka Jr. ... Boniface
Kizito Ssentamu Kayiira Kizito Ssentamu Kayiira ... Pierre
Clare-Hope Ashitey ... Marie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Shepherd Tom Shepherd ... Belgian Soldier
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Storyline

In April 1994, after the airplane of the Hutu President of Rwanda is shot down, the Hutu militias slaughter the Tutsi population. In the Ecole Technique Officielle, the Catholic priest Christopher and the idealistic English teacher Joe Connor lodge two thousand five hundred Rwandans refugees, under the protection of the Belgian U.N. force, and under siege by Hutu militia. When the Tutsi refugees are abandoned by the U.N., they are murdered by the extremist militia. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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tutsi | hutu | militia | catholic | priest | See All (111) »

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1994, 800,000 killed in 100 days. Would you risk your life to make a difference? See more »

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Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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UK | Germany

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English | French

Release Date:

31 March 2006 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The characters are fictional, but the events are not. Parts of the film were shot at Ecole Technique Officielle (E.T.O.), a high school in Kigali, where the actual events took place. The title of the film comes from the fact that U.N. peacekeepers used to shoot local dogs that fed on the decomposing bodies of the genocide victims. See more »

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Throughout the movie, the Belgian Captain wears the insignia of a Sergeant (three white lines). See more »

Quotes

Joe Connor: Why are you doing this?
Christopher: You asked me, Joe, where is God in everything that is happening here, in all the suffering? I know exactly where he is. He's right here. With these people. Suffering. His love is here. More intense and profound than I have ever felt. And my heart is here, Joe. My soul. And if I leave I think I may not find it again.
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Crazy Credits

Before the credits we are shown photographs of Rwanda genocide survivors who served as on set crew members. Next to each picture is text stating how many loved ones they lost. See more »


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Extraordinary and incredibly moving
13 January 2006 | by azcoppenSee all my reviews

I watch upwards of 300 movies a year and use IMDb like a fiend, but only this movie has ever compelled me to register and comment. "Shooting Dogs" is a BBC Films/UK Film Council film about the genocide in Rwanda that was ignored whilst the international community pontificated about the language used to describe what was going on (i.e. "Acts of genocide" vs "genocide"). The film focuses on the desperate plight of 2500 Tutsis seeking shelter in a school-cum-UN military compound. It goes some way to explain the history of the situation and the events surrcounding the genocide.

What makes this movie special is that a number of the production crew are survivors of the Rwandan crisis, and are telling their own stories. As macho as i would love to sound, i had tears in my eyes and felt the pain, hopelessness and indignation - and those are things that no director can claim to have brought to life for me in anything i've watched until now (the closest was probably the magnificent "Mysterious Skin"). Nothing is held back, and not should it be. The horror here is not graphic close-ups, but the shocking disregard for life that leads to the slaughter of newborn babies with machetes, the abject impotence of the UN and how tribal loyalties can turn the closest of friends into murderers.

For those who have lived in Africa (as i have), what is portrayed here is all too real. Like is said by one BBC reporter in the movie, in the Balkans the people were white and they could have been your own mother, but in Rwanda its worse than numbness - its just another dead African. Ignore your preconceptions, assumptions and instant reaction to skip to the next title because its not familiar, it wasn't in the cinema and Hotel Rwanda didn't appeal to you much. The impact this movie had on me was that profound, and i'd urge anyone to watch it to understand what happened there.

And when the credits come up and you've had time to think it over and resolve that it should never happen again, i'd say one word to you: Darfur. It just happened again only recently.


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