Beyond the Gates (2007)
March 9, 2007 (LA/NY)
Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images and language
Joe Connor has come to teach in Rwanda because he believes he can make a difference. When the school becomes a haven for thousands of Rwandans fleeing the genocide, Joe promises his brightest pupil, Marie, that the UN soldiers will protect her from the hordes of extremist militia baying for blood outside the school. But when the UN abandon the refugees, Joe and the school's headmaster, Father Christopher, face an agonizing dilemma: should they leave...
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The genocide in Rwanda made a resurgence a few years ago with Hotel Rwanda
, and the crisis is back with the similar-themed but ultimately quite different drama, Beyond the Gates
(also known as Shooting Dogs
). Directed by Michael Caton-Jones (the forgettable Basic Instinct 2
and the rather cool The Jackal
), Beyond the Gates
is an in-your-face, bloody and saddening film.
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