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Shooting Dogs
UK, Germany
Drama, History
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Michael Caton-Jones
John Hurt as Christopher
Hugh Dancy as Joe Connor
Dominique Horwitz as Capitaine Charles Delon
Louis Mahoney as Sibomana
Nicola Walker as Rachel
Steve Toussaint as Roland
David Gyasi as François
Victor Power as Julius
Jack Pierce as Mark
Musa Kasonka Jr. as Boniface
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 and five hundred Rwandans refugees, under the protection of the Belgian UN force and under siege by Hutu militia. When the Tutsi refugees are abandoned by the UN, they are murdered by the extremist militia.
Can't believe this is the same director who made one of my favorites of all time, "Doc Hollywood"! What a range. But, here again, wonderful creation of sense of place. If you think "Hotel Rwanda" did it all, think again. In many ways this film is more horrifying with its focus on a single technical college where many Tutsis took refuge despite the impotence of UN soldiers based there. I also admired the inclusion of details that showed the Rwandans not simply as passive victims, but organizing themselves within the compound to promote their own welfare and resisting where possible.

The film ably depicted the "thuggery" of the Hutu militias. Scholars of ethnic conflict have noted how thugs use the cover of ethnicity to exploit unsettled situations. The solution? Prompt "policing", a strong show of force, as could have been provided by the UN.
This film should be mandatory viewing for anyone over the age of 15
The civil war and genocide of 1994 in Rwanda remains one of the major unknown catastrophes of recent times, despite the European colonial mistakes that were mostly responsible for it. In just a few months the majority Hutu population slaughtered almost a million of the minority Tutsi people in an act of barbarianism practically beyond comprehension. Although the world was well aware of what was going on, with an UN contingent present in the country from the very beginning, we did nothing to stop this horrendous atrocity from happening. In fact, when the possibility arose that Western people could be at risk we simply cut all links and ran, hiding behind sanctions and rhetoric as the Tutsis were slaughtered. Of course the complexities of intervening in a civil war meant that rash action had a very real possibility of inflaming the situation, with a not insignificant number of countries neighbouring Rwanda less than enamoured of the Tutsis themselves. Nevertheless, our inactivity remains as a black stain on the conscience of the West, particularly the UN. Shooting Dogs shows us a very human perspective of what we allowed to happen.

It starts with the relatively calm and peaceful lives of Joe (Hugh Dancy) and Father Christopher (John Hurt), the former a GAP student teaching in the Rwandan capital, the latter a Roman Catholic priest. Joe is a well off young man trying to give something back to the world while Christopher is an established ex-pat and someone who has seen a little of what can happen during a coup d'etat. They run a school and church in a compound guarded by UN troops who are observing the recently formed system of rule whereby power is shared between the Tutsis and the Hutus. In the school the predominantly Tutsi students have little to worry them and there is no sense of us and them: the groundsman Roland is a Hutu and everyone seems perfectly at ease with him... And then the Hutu Rwandan president is killed when his plane is shot down.

Building up to this we have the occasional moment of concern. Some consensus is happening whereby all Tutsi homes have to be identified. Hutu politicians are making ominous noises. Hutu children think nothing of throwing stones at a 'cockroach' Tutsi and the captain in charge of the Belgian troops of the UN (Dominique Horwitz) seems nervous about the situation, particularly his mandate for when he can engage the enemy: he is only to fire if fired upon and if he wants to use his heavy machine guns he requires written confirmation from the Secretary General of the UN...

What happens next is the stuff of nightmares. Shooting Dogs offers little explanation of why the massacre occurred, although there are allusions to the previous Tutsi dominance of many years where the Hutus were little more than slaves. Regardless, with the death of the President, the Hutu people rise up as one and begin to slaughter their Tutsi brethren. It makes for grim viewing, though nothing we see is particularly gratuitous. In fact, the calmness of the Hutus as they go about their genocide is far more disturbing than the savageness one might have expected. Added to this are the transparent attempts at duplicity by a Hutu minister which indicate there is more than mere racist opportunism at work.

Within a day the Hutus are all up in arms, called by national radio to destroy the supposed Tutsi aggressor. With nowhere to go many of the Tutsis are slaughtered. Some make it to UN controlled bases where, in the case of this film, Father Christopher insists they are given shelter... but how long can Capitaine Delon remain in position with his troops, especially after the Tutsi Prime Minister is slaughtered, along with her UN guard...? The meat of the film concerns Joe and Christopher's attempts to impose some sort of order on their chaotic surroundings. They achieve tiny miracles to fuel their hope and that of the people around them: finding some medicine for a sick child for example. But their every success is instantly dashed as the Hutus gather around the school, simply biding their time till the inevitable UN pull out. The monstrous, carnival spirit of the Hutus is particularly abhorrent, as they sing and dance in anticipation of the slaughter, blowing whistles and waving their weapons in the air.

We, the audience, are left in little doubts as to what is going to happen, and the slow realisation that dawns on Joe and Christopher is almost as painful for us as it is for them. Based on a true account, shot on location and staffed by many survivors of the massacres, Shooting Dogs pulls few punches. From a woman hacked to death while clutching her new born child to the mere second's hesitation before the Hutu man buries his machete to silence the baby, this movie chills and saddens in ways far beyond any fictional horror. The fact that it grieves more than it sickens is thanks to the low key direction and, mostly, restrained performances throughout. Neither Hurt, Dancy or anyone else allows themselves to cut lose into monologues, instead they try to contain their emotions so that no one else might see the fear they feel until, finally, we have the great question that the two men must answer: do they stay or do they go when the troops finally leave? To stay is to die at the blade of a machete. To go is to suffer the awesome burden of the survivor. But at least you will survive to tell the rest of us what went on...

This tragedy happened, it was reported to us and we read it, yet we simply tut tutted and turned to the sport section of our newspapers. Now, with films like Hotel Rwanda and Shooting Dogs we are finally being shown just what we ignored. It should practically be compulsory for us to view it.
If you can't shoot us, shoot our children!
This haunting movie is about the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The film takes place at a UN school with Sir John Hurt as Father Christopher and Hugh Dancy, a British teacher. In only a few days, 2,500 refugees stayed at the school rather than be slaughtered by machete outside the gates. The film shows the horrors of dead bodies laying on the streets. Hurt is brilliant in his role. When he explains that he has found his soul here, it was heartbreaking. You knew Christopher would stay behind. When the father pleaded to be killed by guns than machetes, it was harrowing. The story of the genocide in Rwanda should be told here. The film doesn't shy away from accurately reporting the events. The film was done on location in Rwanda.
not for the faint hearted but a superb film
for anyone thinking of going - if like me you're interested in real life movies and you like these sort of films it's a must see. its a similar theme to Hotel Rwanda only far more graphic. i felt that was one of HR's only downfalls - that it didn't hit home hard enough, but by god this one does.

there's nothing that i didn't already know in this film, but it doesn't make it any easier to understand no matter how many books/films/documentaries i've seen on the issue. it's one of those films where you're watching wondering what you would do in a similar situation but come away at the end of it thinking i just don't know. would you sacrifice yourself, would you fight back, would you run - impossible to say.

what's definite is that the plight of the people being hunted would haunt you til the day you died whether that be in rwanda or in old age if you were one of the very few lucky ones.

it doesn't make easy viewing, but I'm glad i went. it's well made in my humble opinion and captures the brutal executions in all their horrific splendour.

i wont ruin it but some of the key makers of the film were tutsis themselves and they are pictured in the credits at the end. one of them has particular relevance to me as he's wearing a glasgow celtic top, my team and he looks as happy sa anyone I've ever seen. i think he lost 30 members of his family in the genocide.

well worth seeing but if you're easily affected by what this world can be like or you're the type of person who tends to avoid such films because they are 'depressing' then avoid it like the plague. me, i thought it was excellent.
Truly moving Picture
I am a judge for the Indianapolis-based Heartland Film Festival. This feature film is a Crystal Heart Award Winner and is eligible to be the Grand Prize Winner in October of 2006. The Heartland Film Festival is a non-profit organization that honors Truly Moving Pictures. A Truly Moving Picture "…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life."

As the film starts, I first thought that "Hotel Rwanda" told this story, albeit differently, and there was no reason to do it again. As the story progresses, my next thought was that you can never stop telling this story again and again – 800,000 dead, mostly Tutsis, at the hands of the Hutus, the majority in power. "The Diary of Anne Frank" could not tell the whole story of another genocide 45 years earlier when the Nazis slaughtered many millions of Jews. There was room, and a need for "Schindler's List."

This film revolves around a school in Rwanda in 1994 under siege. Inside of the school are many black Tutsi students, a UN peace-keeping force with a sympathetic Belgium Captain, a dedicated young white teacher, and the school head, a Catholic priest named Christopher, played brilliantly by John Hurt. The school is surrounded by machete-bearing Hutus waiting for the chance to kill any Tutsi they find whether they are a baby, a woman, an old man, simply any Tutsi, who they, the Hutus, derisively call cockroaches. Mans' inhumanity to man could not be displayed in a more ugly fashion.

What does a well meaning, civilized person do when confronted with indescribable savagery? Run for safety or futilely stay and die?

This question is answered differently by different characters. The priest is losing all hope, but is innately courageous and focused on his faith. The UN Captain is sympathetic, but like any soldier feels driven to follow orders even if his superiors are remote and insensitive. The white teacher has great affection for the Tutsis, but is just starting out in life. A BBC reporter leaves the under siege school when first given the chance and states what might be true for most of us: "We're all selfish people in the end."

"Hotel Rwanda" was nominated for three Academy Awards for acting and writing. This film has the same high caliber of acting and writing as well as art direction and directing. It is moving without being exploitive. It is true, compelling storytelling that will haunt you for a long time to come.

The headlines about the genocide in Darfur in the Western Sudan will have a new unsettling meaning for you.

FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where you can find a listing of past Crystal Heart Award winners as well as other Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either at the theater or available on video.
Man's Inhumanity.
More than 800,000 Rwandans were systematically killed over the summer of 1994, most of them Tutsi and pro-peace Hutu. This film is about the experiences of a young man, Hugh Dancy, serving as an intern at a technical school in Rwanda. The school, encapsulated in fences, is run by a Catholic priest, John Hurt, and serves as a temporary base for a UN military contingent, led by the rigid Belgian colonel Dominique Horwitz.

What we witness is the increasing pressure of rag tag "militias" outside the fence on the mostly Tutsi students and staff at the school. The assassination of the Hutu president is blamed by the radio and newspapers on militant Tutsi. Even a sensible young Hutu, an aide to Hurt, comes to believe the prevalent interpretation of events. Hate fills the air. Americans should be familiar with this sort of thing by now.

The Tutsi refugees flood the school grounds, justifiably terrified. The militia outside are cheerfully hacking people to death with machetes, including women holding babies. Ten Belgian UN soldiers are murdered. No one is safe. The tension grows so great that the Catholic priest twice uses a word we don't often associate with Catholic priests. In my opinion, it's a better movie that the similar and highly lauded "Hotel Rwanda." I'll just add a couple of observations.

The usual format for a story like this is that it's told through the eyes of heroic whites who come to the aid of Africans or African-Americans. You'll find that template here. I didn't find it condescending or offensive. The African performers have plenty of screen time in important parts, the whites don't succeed in saving the blacks, and this is a movie about a small part of the tribal warfare, a kind of microcosm of the whole. It could have been about the political situation instead of the effects of the killing on a single community, but that would have been a different and far more complicated film.

There are dead bodies in abundance and pools of blood but they aren't trivialized by being made more shocking than they need to be. Nobody's head rolls across the floor. The violence is almost all in medium shot and partially hidden by objects or shrubbery.

We see the militias angrily attacking their victims and at the same time cheering and, inevitably, some of the street riots in American cities come to mind. But any such comparison is unjust. The violence in Rwanda was wholesale and deadly, leading to the deaths of about 20% of the population. Besides, there is little reason to feel superior on racial grounds. A good deal of footage exists of white people dutifully wiping out other white people on ethnic grounds.

The role of the media isn't really made clear enough in the film. The role of the media is often underplayed in the interpretation of historical events. As Will Rogers said, "All I know is what I read in the newspaper." But, again, the focus of the film is not on explanations but on consequences. The consequences are so clearly tragic that we really don't need the lugubrious sound track to cue us about our emotions.

The international community was caught unprepared and uncertain whether to interfere and, if to interfere, how to do it? If we don't intervene, what do we wind up with -- white guilt? The United States was particularly recalcitrant. The memory of our humanitarian efforts in Somalia was all too vivid. The use of the word "genocide" was prohibited by spokesmen in Washington, long after it became clear that that was precisely what was taking place. See, if you acknowledge that what's going on is actually "genocide", how can you possibly justify inaction? It's a tragic story and a saddening one, but not a cheap one. It doesn't cast the Hutu as benighted savages and the Tutsi as heroic self-sacrificing heroes.

In a way, that's the central problem with the events we're shown. There were so few heroes.
Very well done
I have no idea why a person would rate this less than 10. It was done very well, well chosen actors and good performances. The story was portrayed very realistically. I was truly connected with the characters and was moved by this story. It is sad that this movie is not that popular when there is so much popular crap going on. This movie shows reality and makes us think about important issues, about us, humans, and the humanity. I read the reviews which were negative and the reasons were too weak. I was thinking how easy it is to make people fear of some group and make them kill others without thinking... Why people don't think deeper, why the mass is so shallow (I have these thoughts whenever I remember Hitler and his "work")... I felt angry with UN soldiers, there can be no justification for them. Why were they there at all?.. And we call ourselves civilized people when these things happen... all the massive wars were not so long ago... and people still fight... use physical force instead of using the brain... sad...
Better than Hotel Rwanda
The genocide in Rwanda is news to few, if anyone these days. Films about it, such as "Hotel Rwanda" (an excellent film, I would add) are not really news either. However, last night, I had the great honor of watching a film on just this subject that slipped through the fingers of American cinema. "Beyond the Gates" is quite honestly, one of the best films I have ever seen.

The film centers around two men from the UK, rather than on certain Rwandans, as we would expect. One is Joe (Hugh Dancy), a young man from the UK who has come to Rwanda because he feels he can do some good, maybe somehow make a difference. He is full of youthful energy, compassion, belief in his ability to do something to make Rwanda a better place, and most importantly, complete naiveté as to what is really going on around him. The other is Father Christopher (John Hurt), an old Catholic priest whose face, weathered and worn by the pain, injustice and brokenness he has witnessed in the world, belies the profound Catholic faith and hope in the cross of Christ that make him so powerful a character. Both men live and teach at the Ecole Technique Officielle, a secondary school for Rwandans, which is protected by an entourage of Belgian UN peacekeeping soldiers.

As Dancy points out in a special features interview, the film is different in that it doesn't just thrust you into the horror of the genocide. Rather, it begins, much as Dancy's own character does, from complete naivety, evolving slowly into total realization of the atrocities being committed quite literally just "Beyond the Gates" of the ETO. While there is a long and bloody history of tribal warring between the Hutus and Tutsis, the film opens in a time of relative peace. Our first glimpse of the conflict comes in a scene where Joe is outside the gates, and comes across several Hutu men taking a census of the all of the Tutsis in the area. Shortly thereafter, the news comes through that the Rwandan President has been killed, and a Hutu uprising ensues. That night, the gates of the ETO are pressed hard by some 2500 Tutsis seeking refuge in the gated school grounds, and protection from the more than adequately armed UN stationed there.

Over the course of the rest of the film, the genocide begins to unfold, in all its ugly hatred. We first begin to see it as Joe makes a number of trips outside the gates. The first is to pick up a father and his daughter, Marie (a girl who has grown up to fast, faced with the hell around her, yet who is still trying to make sense of it all, particularly from a Christian worldview), one of his students. On his way to their house, his fears mount as he is stopped at a roadblock by Hutu men with machetes, steeped in crimson, and they are only compounded when he finds the house empty. However, this time, his fears are abated when he returns to the ETO to find them safely there, having taken a back road. Another trip finds Joe at another roadblock, stopped by a Hutu man whose clothes are saturated red, blood still dripping from his machete, a broad smile across his face. This man had been with them at the ETO, a friend. With each passing trip, the death toll rises, the reality of the genocide slices deeper into the minds of Joe and viewer alike.

I'll not go into more details of the events so as to not give away too much of the plot, but the point is, an ugly beast has reared its head...slowly, terribly, mercilessly and with great power. Christopher, though well accustomed to this ethnic strife through years of service in Rwanda, witnesses all new levels of human depravity, leaving him to utter in shock, "I've not seen this before".

This is a profoundly moving and powerful film. It is, despite a few Hollywood hiccups of cheesy portrayals of Christianity, in fact a genuinely deep and faithful film. Christ is truly present here. There is a scene where Joe tries haphazardly to explain the idea of the Real Presence in the Eucharist to a young and confused, though very curious Rwandan boy...unfortunately, the scene is actually one of the cheesy moments...but it nevertheless ushers into the viewers conscience this idea of the presence of Christ, even as these people walk and live and die in hell on earth. The most powerful scene in the film comes near the end, and while I refuse to spoil it for you, know that it makes a profound statement about just that fact...the reality of the Real Presence of Christ, in even the darkest and most horrid of places.

"Beyond the Gates" is sweepingly thought provoking. From grappling with one of the timeless human questions, 'How can a loving God let such terrible things happen to His people?', to challenging the unwillingness of the UN to act, instead hiding behind debates over phraseology ("Acts of Genocide" vs "Genocides," etc.) even as gross human rights atrocities are committed literally right before their eyes, to even the apathy and ignorance of whites, Americans and Europeans to the situation, one cannot help but just sit as the credits roll...convicted, shamed, appalled, truly touched...in a way only an exceptionally good and very rare film can manage. I read critiques that it was too focused on the whites, rather than the Rwandan people...but I think that they missed the whole point that the director was shooting for. This film is meant to shock us and call us to action. There are similar conflicts going on all over Africa even as I write. Who will we be this time? Father Christopher...or God forbid (and quite literally so), will we echo the impotence of the UN?

(from my blog at http://worthyourattention.blogspot.com/)
Deeply Moving
This the first movie about Tutsi slaughter that i've watched; I usually watch documentaries about this terrible point in history. John Hurt is magnificent in this role. In fact, magnificent is too little an adjective to describe his portrayal of Christopher. This film isn't about the true gore of the genocide but more about the anxiety, the impending doom. With the Hutu looming on the outskirts of the school grounds you truly feel how trapped and defenseless the Tutsi were. I liked how they didn't exploit what happened there! Its an excellent movie, and made me cry. I wasn't too happy with the unspoken feelings at the end of the movie, however. I really thought the teacher should've begged Mari's forgiveness for leaving her behind but he never did. It was obvious she felt no animosity towards him though.
Sheer Shock
I just thought I would comment on this wonderful film. Not only did it have a wonderful actor like John Hurt but the reality of the film really got to me very much and I have recommended it to anyone I see. I am working in a national DVD shop and recommend it all the time. No words can really describe what went on and also what is going on at the present time. I wish I could help but Im helpless. My prayers and thoughts go out to the people in Darfur at present. The night I watched it I cried a lot and then I bought the film. More films like this should be made to highlight the atrocities that are " allowed " to go on with blind eyes shown.
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