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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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Roger Spottiswoode

Writers:

Roméo Dallaire (book), Michael Donovan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Dupuis ... General Romeo Dallaire
Owen Sejake Owen Sejake ... Ghanian General Henry Anyidoho (as Owen Lebakeng Sejake)
James Gallanders ... Major Brent Beardsley
Michel Mongeau Michel Mongeau ... Luc Marchal
Robert Lalonde ... Général Maurice Baril
John Sibi-Okumu John Sibi-Okumu ... Booh-Booh
Akin Omotoso ... Paul Kagame
Tom McCamus ... Phil Lancaster
John Matshikiza ... President Habyarimana
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Bernard Kouchner
Strini Pillai Strini Pillai ... Bangladeshi Commander
Craig Hourqueble Craig Hourqueble ... Willem
Kenneth Khambula Kenneth Khambula ... Major Kamenzi
Patrice Faye Patrice Faye ... Colonel Poncet
Chris Thorne 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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Drama | History | War

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

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 September 2007 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Aperte as Mãos do Diabo See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 11,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The ribbon bars of Dallaire's medals worn by Roy Dupuis in this film are the actual ones worn by Roméo Dallaire during the time period depicted in this film. They were loaned to Dupuis by Dallaire during for the film's production. 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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Paul Kagame: The government must stop murdering Tutsis or we will attack. They have until sunset.
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Powerful
20 October 2014 | by juneebuggySee all my reviews

Not the happiest of movies to watch but a powerful account of the Rwandan genocide in the mid-1990's, as seen through the eyes of Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) who led a United Nations peacekeeping force. I will admit to being a bit confused initially as to what was going on and why Dallarie wasn't given any help (in fact support was taken away) or the ability to engage. His hands were completely tied as he dealt with bureaucrats and watched genocide take place around him, very frustrating. As the world stood by, 454 UN Peacekeepers from over 20 nations chose to stay behind in Rwanda, helping to save the lives of 32,000 Rwandans who would otherwise have been murdered.

This has been based on Dallaire's autobiography and Roy Dupuis is amazing in this role, transforming himself into the General. The scenes where he is with his therapist back in Canada were interesting, suffering from PTSD as the ghosts of those he knew and served with are in the room with him. Beautiful scenery but horrific and stomach churning that this was allowed to happen. 10/13


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