Shake Hands With the Devil

Rated NR 112 minutes 2005

One of the best ways to make a large catastrophe comprehensible to the average joe is by showing it through the eyes of one person, as was Steven Spielberg's intent with Schindler's List. The genocide of 10 years ago in Rwanda has been hard to grasp for many Westerners; now, on the heels of the fictionalized Hotel Rwanda, comes this documentary, based on the book of the same name, in which U.N. general Romeo Dallaire returns to Rwanda years after leading a hopelessly outnumbered and unsupported peacekeeping force during the worst of times. Dallaire still blames himself for all the people he couldn't save, but director Peter Raymont amply spreads the culpability around: to the U.N. officials who wouldn't provide backup, to the French government that trained the Hutu people in genocidal techniques, to the Belgians who encouraged tribal divisions, and to Bill Clinton, who did nothing at the time. Watch and learn, and maybe next time when we say "never again," we might mean it.

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Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Writer: Roméo Dallaive and Michael Donovan

Producer: Laszlo Barna and Michael Donovan

Cast: Roy Dupuis, Owen Sejake, James Gallanders and Michael Mongeau

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