Joe Connor (Hugh Dancy) is teaching in Rwanda during his gap year. When the school he teaches at becomes a haven for thousands of Rwandans fleeing the genocide, Joe promises his brightest pupil, Marie (Clare-Hope Ashitey), that the UN soldiers will protect her from the hordes of extremist militia baying for blood outside the school. But when the UN abandon the refugees, Joe and the schools headmaster, Father Christopher (John Hurt), face an agonising dilemma: should they leave or should they stand firm with the Rwandans. As the UN trucks force their way through the terrified refugees, Joe stares at the tear-stained face of Marie: what should he do?
Based on real events and filmed at the actual location where this story took place, SHOOTING DOGS is an emotionally gripping, authentic and powerful recreation of a tragic real life story that took place during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Set in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. A young volunteer schoolteacher and a priest struggle to maintain a secondary school which has become a shelter for Tutsis and Hutus after the Belgian UN troops who were based there move out. Troubled that the ethnic hatreds and distrust are starting to creep into the school and knowing that it is only a matter of time before they are all killed, the two non-Rwandans cope and struggle in different ways. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: British Independent Film Awards, ...Shooting Dogs ( Beyond the Gates )