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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire (2005)

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire (2005)

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Critic Consensus: A gut-wrenching documentary about the man in charge of the UN peace keeping force during the 1994 Rwanda genocide of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus.

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The U.N. sent Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire to Rwanda in an effort to prevent tensions between the Tutsis and Hutus from escalating any further. Ill equipped and curiously sent with a small and ineffective Belgian force, thus escalating frustrations dating to Rwanda's history as a Belgian colony, Dallaire's mission was doomed to failure and genocide ensued. After ten years of immeasurable guilt and multiple suicide attempts as a result of his inability to save more than the few thousand Tutsis, Dallaire returns to Rwanda as a part of Peter Raymont's documentary about the events that both led up to and followed the slaughter. The film examines the much-questioned death of Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana as well as the order broadcast on Hutu radio to take up arms against the Tutsis. Dallaire visits the villages and homes still riddled with bullet holes and other signs of destruction, and strongly offers his feelings about how involvement from the Catholic Church or French Government could have helped prevent the tragic events that took place.

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Critic Reviews for Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (19)

A flat-lined, pedestrian affair, a talking-heads/ touring-heads piece that seems to point the camera in the wrong direction.

September 2, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A personalized, historically charged travelogue that speaks to a massive tragedy's impact on one man.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Dallas Morning News
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In a way, Shake Hands With the Devil puts the best of Western conscience on display -- and it's not a pretty sight.

July 8, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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We never get a satisfying re-creation of the events for which Dallaire now suffers.

Full Review… | July 8, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Offers a rare and privileged portrait of a heroic man profoundly troubled by a terrible experience.

July 1, 2005
Seattle Times
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Poses an essential question: How can you shame an international community that, even now, seems constitutionally incapable of it?

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire

The original documentary is something to behold. Here we see the emotions and thoughts of the man directly...a man who who has seen and experienced things that shake the soul. Powerful.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

Vitally important documentary on the - STILL - vastly under-acknowledged Rwandan genocide of 1994. Whilst this isn't an exhaustive documentary on the subject and is (necessarily) televisual, it is a fascinating, moving and disturbing one showing one man's descent into hell, and how he tries to come to terms with his helplessness in the years after.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

½

This film affected me very personally. The film follows Canadian Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire who led a peacekeeping mission in Rwanda during the genocide of 1994. I am very personally affected by the Rwanda genocide. I have a friend that is a survivor of the genocide. The stories she told me comes to life though this film. The movie brings to life both the emotional and psychological repercussions of the genocide not only Dallaire's but I believe all survivors of the genocide. www.what-to-watch.com

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

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