Shooting Dogs 2005

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Based on a true story. An exhausted Catholic priest (Hurt) and a young idealistic English teacher (Dancy) find themselves caught in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. They must now choose whether to stay with the thousands of Tutsis about to be massacred or to flee for safety.

Starring:
John Hurt, Hugh Dancy
Rental Formats:
DVD

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 50 minutes
Starring John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Steve Toussaint, Susan Nalwoga, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Dominique Horwitz
Director Michael Caton-Jones
Genres Drama
Studio HIGH FLIERS DISTRIBUTION LTD.
Rental release 26 June 2006
Main languages English
Original title Beyond the Gates

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By J W on 29 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
I highly recommend this film which is probably less well known than 'Hotel Rwanda', but which is no less powerful. From the moment the film started I was involved in the film. Hugh Dancy is brilliant as a idealistic young teacher and John Hurt turns in a elegant and understated performance as a catholic priest. Towards the end he utters one of the most powerful and moving lines of the film when faced with one of the Hutu killers. This is a very emotional film and be prepared to be in tears by the end of the movie. It highlights the important role, or lack of, of the UN and Western powers in preventing the genocide in Rwanda. It is hard to believe that it was only 12 years ago.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By D Francis on 4 Jun. 2006
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Hotel Rwanda is the Hollywood attempt at the account of the genocide in which 800,000 Rwandans were killed in less than 3 months. In comparison, Shooting Dogs is a more comprehensive and emotionally involving account of the tradegy.

John Hurt is superb in his role as the Priest and headteacher of a school that hides Tutsis from Hutu extremists. The constraint of the UN peacekeepers in their role at the school and the response by the international is also played out accurately.

The most touching aspect of the film perhaps is the role of the survivors in making the film and the credits inform of the loses they suffered.

Rwanda, like East Timor and Cambodia has failed to get the public attention that the Holocaust has received and films like Shooting Dogs are deserved attempts to bring the tradegy home.

The film has not failed to reduce friends and family to tears, one of the most powerful films released in recent times albeit to low publicity.

To get a deeper understanding about the genocide I recommend Shake Hands With The Devil.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joelle Havelaar on 10 Feb. 2007
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The beauty of this movie is in its simplicity. initially I found it a bit slow, and disconnected, but it all comes together in the end. The characteres are life-like and not exagerated, unlike what you find in a lot of Hollywood movies. Their emotions, their dilemas, their decisions are very real. No-one is portrayed as evil, or overly good, they are just decent human beings, doing what they can. For example it would have been easy to portray the belgian officer in charge of the UN forces at the school, as a baddy. But instead, we can see what it must have been like for him too, and the constraints that he has to work with. The title of the movie comes clear as an expression of how powerless the UN troops were, because of the lack of political backing. They can only shoot at the dogs.

This movie tries to help you understand how such horrors can actually happen. It shows one of the Hutus charactere, who also seems like a decent guy, getting sucked into the madness.

There are no heros in this movie, in the hollywood sense. Just ordinary good people trying to do what they think is right. This movie is very humble in the sense that it's telling a true story with no attempt to make it anything else than what it was. It really makes you think.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tom on 13 Oct. 2006
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Having spent time out in Rwanda in 2004, the recent films about the genocide (Hotel Rwanda and Shooting Dogs) have been a must watch for me, and they haven't disappointed. Shooting dogs is a graphic and emotional account of the genocide that is made all the more real by being filmed in Rwanda - filmed in actual places some of the atrocities happened. It is just a must watch, and although there have been controversies about the filming of the movie on location in Rwanda (ie Rwandans reliving the horrors of the genocide - hearing gunshots whilst filming, stirring up the divide between Tutsi and Hutu), it adds an extra something that Hotel Rwanda just doesn't have.

This is an excellent film that should be seen by all. We need to learn from our mistakes, and the UN should consider buying a copy of this for all their members!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Seb M on 23 Jun. 2007
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Hotel Rwanda was a good film. It opened a grim reality to wide audience, waking people up to the shameful behaviour of the rest of the world in the mid 1990s. But in making the film appeal to the mass market, there was some caricaturing of individuals, some mushing of multiple personalities into single roles which flattened some of the characters and as a result, you didn't feel like you were there. You felt touched...but lightly.

Shooting Dogs is fundamentally the same story. It's about not being able to help everyone; of choosing the lesser of two evils; and the challenges of watching humanity ripped apart. It's about being a stranger where one has felt welcome; and about the sheer fear and fatalism that comes from having ones security withdrawn.

But it takes a very different approach to Hotel Rwanda, focusing on a single incident at a school compound and on a handful of key personalities rather than telling the story of the genocide at a national level through the acts of one man. That said...it's not a claustrophobic film to watch in any way as there is a lot of crowd action.

It's far easier to be sucked into the film and it is very moving. The images are less confronting but the story and the outcomes far more so. One leaves the film not able to remember any key scenes, or recite any of the lines, but a bit shellshocked and thinking that it's an amazing film.

Despite being more forgettable, the film is somehow more tangible - the fear more intense but easier to empathise with (perhaps because it's ramped up more slowly).

The acting is excellent, the dynamic between Dancy and Hurd almost familial and it's a film that works and a strong story.

I personally preferred this to Hotel Rwanda even if it was not as gripping. If you're the kind of person that likes to leave a film touched rather than impressed, this may be a film for you.
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