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Shake Hands with the Devil

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Based in part on his Governor General Award-winning book of the same title, Shake Hands with the Devil is the searing, emotional journey of Canadian Lt-General Roméo Dallaire, who commanded the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda in 1994. Over 100 days, 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during the Rwanda genocide as the international community turned its back and ignored Dallaire's cries for help. This experience let to Dallaire's own life tragedies as he dealt with the psychological fallout of witnessing a genocide he was powerless to stop. Filmed during General Dallaire's first return to Rwanda ten years later, in April 2004. Special features: Commentary track by director Peter Raymont. Critical appreciation commentary track by Toronto Star critic Geoff Pevere. Excerpt reading by Lt-General Roméo Dallaire from his book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda for the 2004 Governor General's Awards. 52 minute French version. Photo gallery and slide show with audio commentary by Maclean's chief photographer Peter Bregg. Toronto International Film Festival interview with director Peter Raymont by "Reel to Real" host Richard Crouse. Reading list, documents, maps and resources. Booklet insert with directors statement.

2004, 91 min

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