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Shake Hands With The Devil [DVD]


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  • Actors: Roméo Dallaire
  • Directors: Peter Raymont
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TR6B7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,937 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1994, word began to spread around the globe of an incomprehensible tragedy unfolding in the small African nation of Rwanda. In a period of just 100 days, the country's Hutu extremists had executed more than 800,000 Tutsis with ruthless efficiency. Genocide had once again blighted the world. Shake Hands With The Devil recounts this unconscionable series of events through the eyes Canadian Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire, the man tasked by the United Nations Security Council with maintaining peace in the beautiful, yet volatile, nation. Valiantly leading ill-equipped, untrained troops who did not want to be there and desperately pleading each worsening day with the UN for reinforcements and revised rules of engagement, Dallaire was rendered powerless by his superiors in New York. The inevitable failure of the peacekeeping mission haunts him to this day. The mental anguish of reliving of the horrors he witnessed more than once drove him to attempt to end his own life. Following Dallaire's emotional journey, 10 years later, back to Rwanda, the film is an resolute and gut-wrenching indictment of a UN administration that had the opportunity to stop the killing, yet let it play out with devastating consequences. Dallaire's story must be told and its lessons must be learned.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By IS on 30 April 2008
Format: DVD
As Dallaire says, "I know there is a God because I shook hands with the devil in Rwanda".
This film compliments Dallaire's book of the same title. It shows how the myopic and imbecilic action of a genocidal government to the indifference of the world resulted in hell on earth.

The film takes Dallaire on a poignant journey back to Rwanda, and draws the viewer on a reminiscence of the hell in which he was abandoned by the UN and major Western countries.
This is the story of the threshold of human endurance in the face of unimaginable horror, and the courage of a few good men. A story that should be heard by all.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Spickett on 4 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
I first saw this documentary on either Channel 4 or BBC4; which had an impact on me that urged me to read the book.
I found the book as emotive as the film and at times haunting.

I am very suprised that it has taken approximately 3 years for it to be released on DVD in the UK
I would urge anyone that has even a brief interest in Rwanda and the horrors of 1994 to go out and buy this as well as the book.

Romeo Dallaire, was one brave dude that had he's hands tied by the very people that he was working for; He consistently reported back on a daily basis, the documented horrors and reccomendations for action...That was ignored.

A truly moving piece of work, often violent, however always highlighting ignorance, procrastination and constant bureaucracy which ultimately led to the deaths of 800,000 Rwandans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Goran Ekstrom on 7 Feb 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The story of Roméo Daillaire and the Rwandan genocide of 1994 is more gripping than any fictional story can ever be. This DVD tells in a compressed 90 minutes movie format the events described in his 500+ pages book with the same name and does it good, the only thing that keeps it from receiving a fifth star is that it fails to be as gripping as the book, I'd recommend the book firsthand but if 500 pages of reading seems too much, this DVD serves the same purpose. Includes quite a lot of special features including two audio commentary tracks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mira Sadadcharam on 19 Feb 2008
Format: DVD
This documentary-style feature provides a deeply disturbing look at the forces at work behind the scenes in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The haunting images of the massacre are deeply unsettling. Lt. Gen Romeo Dallaire's running commentary throughout the feature expose the unconscionable inertia and impotence of the United Nations in failing to intercept one of the worst cases of genocide at the end of the 20th century. Without a doubt, one of the best documentaries in a long while.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Connolly on 24 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
i saw this movie in the Cork film festival 3 years ago and it had a huge effect on me. i cant believe that it had taken this long to come to dvd. it is a stunning work which should make you re-evaluate your opinions on Rwanda and the way that African nations in general are treated. it is a good background film for 'hotel rwanda'. amazing is the only word that does it justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on 19 May 2014
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The human race and above all the UN should bow its head in absolute, total and unquestionable shame. Many may have wished this film to be cast away in humanities dark little history book along with the other appalling acts we have committed in the name of humanity but it hasn’t. Romeo Dallaire is as far as I am concerned a complete hero with integrity and professionalism. He lives everyday with the consequences of what happened and has many sleepless nights. This film is a true and courageous narrative about the way man can be simmering with hatred and loathing and be capable of in the name of a collective goal. The colonial influence has again reared its ugly head and has a lot to answer for. Exceptionally well made, painful, heart wrenching and frustrating. If there were oil there we wouldn’t be watching this film because it would not have happened. UN my arse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Blomenhofer on 23 Feb 2013
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The documentary is about General Dallaire's journey back to Rwanda for the 10 year anniversary after the genocide. He is a remarkable man who has had a very hard time trying to cope with life after leaving Rwanda at that time. His first trip back shows how difficult it is for him, shows what he is going through. And obviously what the Rwandan people had to go through. The film is very well done, it makes you cry... Not enough people are aware of what happened there. It is a disgrace that the whole world was aware of the genocide and decided to do nothing - as the war in Yugoslavia was more important. General Dallaire did as much as he could. I can't imagine how it must have felt to be helpless, almost not being able to do anything. Definitely recommend watching it.
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