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Shake Hands With the Devil

Based on the memoir by Roméo Dallaire

Directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Under Fire) and starring Roy Dupuis (The Rocket) and Deborah Kara Unger (Sunshine), Shake Hands With The Devil is the story of a Canadian soldier torn between his duty and his conscience. In 1994, the United Nations dispatched Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire to Rwanda to enforce a difficult peace amid civil unrest in the country. On one side were the rebels,led by ethnic minority Tutsis. On the other, the army of the governing Hutu majority, supported by the French. On the same day Dallaire ordered the UN flag raised, six children were killed in an apparent Tutsi massacre, leaving the country in chaos.Given neither the tools nor the power to do the job, Dallaire took charge of the situation as best that he could. Unfortunately, while attempting to take decisive action to preserve the peace, Dallaire was undercut by his own superiors (who had their own political interests to protect). Powerless to prevent the oncoming slaughter, Dallaire was ordered home – an order he disobeyed. Instead, he stayed to save as many as he could.When the peace mission was cancelled and troops recalled, Dallaire turned to the media who were covering the civil war. He promised them a new story for each day that they stayed, attempting to shame the international community into action. In the end, Dallaire helped save some 30,000 people from certain death; nonetheless, another 800,000 were slaughtered. He left Rwanda a broken man, never able to look at the world in the same way again.The world premiere of Shake Hands With The Devil will be at a Gala Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival.– Seville Pictures

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Directed by: 
Roger Spottiswoode
Running Time: 
English and some French with English subtitles
Roy Dupuis, Deborah Kara Unger, Jean-Hughes Anglade, Tom McCamus
Screenplay by: 
Michael Donovan, based on the memoir by Roméo Dallaire

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