Beyond the Gates

Beyond the Gates

DVD - 2007
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In April 1994 the airplane of the Hutu President of Rwanda crashes and the Hutu militias slaughter the Tutsi population. In the Ecole Technique Officielle, Christopher, a Catholic priest and Joe Connor, an idealistic English teacher give sanctuary to twenty-five hundred Rwandans survivors in the school, which is under the protection of the UN Belgian force and under siege from the Hutu militia. When the Tutsi refugees are abandoned by the UN, they are murdered by the extremist militia.

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Liber_vermis
Feb 10, 2014

The UN forces were placed in Rwanda to monitor the implementation of the Arusha Accords that would establish a transitional power-sharing government of Hutu and Tutsi. However, the shooting down of the President's airplane on April 6, 1994 prompted the Presidential Guard to run amok followed by armed Hutu paramilitary and youth gangs. For a good history of this tragedy I recommend reading 'Conspiracy to Murder: the Rwandan genocide' by Linda Melvern (London: Verso, 2004). As this superb docu-drama illustrates the French, the Americans and the Security Council of the UN were either complicit or negligent in this tragedy. Melvern presents important Canadian connections in the genocide too. Superb, gut-wrenching acting!

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akirakato
Aug 31, 2012

It is like a holocaust of the African version.
The conflicts between the warring tribes---Hutus and Tutsis---turned into one of the bloodiest genocides.
According to the film, 800,000 Tutsis were massacred.
The UN troops didn't help at all, and they simply escaped.
Why did the UN send those peace-keeping soldiers in the first place?
I was totally stunned and puzzled.

aaa5756 Mar 09, 2012

This movie was entertaining but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”.

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Calllixte
Mar 07, 2012

Iwant to pivk it up at Londondery Library

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Liber_vermis
Feb 10, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Wide-screen views of streets littered with corpses. Intense scenes of large groups of refugees clamouring for rescue as they face imminent murder.

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Liber_vermis
Feb 10, 2014

Violence: Several skillfully filmed scenes of massacres that leave to the imagination the violence of slaughter occurring off-screen.

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Feb 10, 2014

Liber_vermis thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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