shake hands with the devil

This is the emotional journey back to Rwanda of Canadian Lt-General Roméo Dallaire, who commanded the U.N. peacekeeping mission in 1994 during the infamous genocide during which moreas than 800.000 Rwandans were slaughtered, which he was powerless to stop.

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White Pine Pictures






Winner, Best Feature Length Documentary & Best Canadian Programme - Banff Television Festival 2005
Winner, Outstanding Team Achievement in a Documentary, Directors Guild Canada 2005
Winner, Best Documentary, Philadelphia Film Festival 2005
Winner Audience Award World Cinema - Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2005
Winner, Best Documentary, News & Television Emmy Award 2007

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In 100 days – between April 6 and July 16, 1994 – more than 800,000 men, women and children were brutally murdered in the obscure African country of Rwanda. The victims – many horrifically hacked to death with machetes – were Tutsi and moderate Hutus who supported them. One man had been tasked by the United Nations with ensuring peace was maintained in Rwanda – Canadian Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire. But, thrown into a country he barely understood, leading ill-equipped, untrained troops who did not want to be there and unsupported by U.N. headquarters and its Security Council far away in New York, Dallaire and his handful of soldiers were incapable of stopping the genocide. After nine years of mental torture, reliving the horrors daily and more than once attempting suicide, Roméo Dallaire has told his story of what happened in Rwanda. Shake Hands with the Devil is also an extraordinary book – a cri de Coeur. The General pulls no punches in his condemnation of top UN officials, disloyal Belgian troop commanders and senior members of the Clinton administration who chose to do nothing – as he pleaded each day for reinforcements and revised rules of engagement.

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