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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.

Director:

Peter Raymont

Writers:

Roméo Dallaire (based in part on the book by: "Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda") (as [Ret.] Lt. General Roméo Dallaire), Brent Beardsley (with: "Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda") (as Major Brent Beardsley)
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Credited cast:
Gerry Caplan Gerry Caplan ... Self - Author 'Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide' (as Gerald Caplan)
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Hillary Clinton ... Self (archive footage) (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Roméo Dallaire ... Self (as Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire)
Mike Enright Mike Enright ... Self - CBC Journalist (as Michael Enright)
Paul Kagame ... Self - President of Rwanda
O.J. Simpson ... Self - 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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This documentary was later dramatized in the film Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (2004). See more »

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Followed by Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children (2012) See more »

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Blue Berets
Words and music by Stompin' Tom Connors (as Tom Connors)
Performed by Stompin' Tom Connors
Published by Crown Vetch Music (SOCAN)
adm. by Morning Music Limited
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An emotional and eye-opening film
4 March 2005 | by ianferraroSee all my reviews

This film reaffirms why documentary film making is so important. Documentaries don't simply tell a story; they tell a real story, a human story. Documentaries help to shed light on human triumphs and human tragedies, both of which are evident in this gripping film directed by Peter Raymont.

The tragedy, of course, was that nearly 1 million Rwandans were killed and slaughtered in a senseless act of genocide. What adds to the tragedy is that the "civilized" world could have easily stopped this from happening, if they only cared. The film displays how the U.N. and individual countries alike not only failed to help the innocent Rwandan people, but in many ways they contributed to the genocide that happened by creating some of the ethnic stigmas that existed in the country.

Yet amongst all of this carnage and horror there did remain some good people who tried to help the Rwandan's. General Romeo Dallaire, commander of the UN forces in Rwanda, was one of these people. Perhaps no one else in Rwanda did as much to save people as did Mr. Dallaire. Even though he was betrayed by the UN and ignored by the rest of the world, he emerged from this terrible situation as a hero.

I believe the ultimate message of this film is that the leading countries of the world and their citizens must learn from human tragedies like Rwanda so that we can take action to prevent such atrocities from happening again. Unfourtunately, with situations such as the one in Darfur, it seems like this message is not being heard. An important film that must be seen by all and a shining example of documentary film making. 10/10.


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Official Sites:

White Pine Pictures

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apertando as Mãos do Diabo See more »

Filming Locations:

Rwanda

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,848, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:

$68,249

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,249
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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