Shake Hands with the Devil

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Released 2007

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Shake Hands with the Devil

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Director:
Roger Spottiswoode
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
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 poor black 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.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A quietly powerful, incisive portrait of Canadian Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallarme (Roy Dupuis), who was sent to Rwanda in 1993 on a peacekeeping mission as the ruling Hutu attacked the re...

  • 50

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Spottiswoode's lackluster film fails to offer any fresh perspective on these now well-known events.

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Filmed in Rwanda, Shake Hands With the Devil is certainly panoramic. But the best that can be said of the film is that it is an honorable dud.

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