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Shake Hands With the Devil


In 100 nightmarish days more than 800,000 men, women, and children were brutally murdered during the Rwandan genocide. The victims were Tutsi and moderate Hutus who supported them. Canadian General Roméo Dallaire was thrown into a country he barely understood, leading a small contingent of largely ill-equipped troops who did not want to be there. Unsupported by U.N. headquarters, Dallaire and his handful of soldiers were incapable of stopping the killing. This experience led to Dallaire’s own life tragedy as he dealt with the psychological fallout of witnessing a genocide he was powerless to stop.


  • Raymont's film, with Dallaire as the main voice and news footage from 1994, lays out a compelling, compact story.
    Desson Thomson, WASHINGTON POST
  • A far more resonant film than that offered by concurrent narrative feature Hotel Rwanada
    Scott Foundas, VARIETY
  • It gives us a man who could have stopped the carnage -- 800,000 murdered in 100 days -- but whose hands were bound at the highest level. He knows this, it haunts him, and if it doesn't shame you, it should.
  • Shake Hands is less about one man than about a U.N. structurally incapable of carrying out its peacekeeping mandate, then and now
    Joshua Land, VILLAGE VOICE
  • Like Dallaire's bestselling autobiography, which provides the movie's basis, the film is part therapeutic personal exorcism and part passionate humanitarian indictment.
    Geoff Pevere, TORONTO STAR
  • A fascinating account of its subject's self-torture over his inability to stop one of the 20th century's greatest tragedies.
  • This wonderful, devastating documentary is as much Dallaire's story as it is the story of a whole continent abandoned by a cynical world
    Elia Taylor, L.A. WEEKLY
  • A tragic reminder of how that overused epithet, 'Never again', makes hypocrites of us all
    Jamie Woolley, BBC

Festival Participation

  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada - 2004
    Canada's Top Ten Award
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA - 2005
    Nominated for Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary
  • Banff Television Festival, Canada - 2005
    Best Feature Length Documentary
  • Directors Guild of Canada - 2005
    DGC Team Award for Outstanding Team Achievement in a Documentary
  • DGC Team Award for Outstanding Team Achievement in a Documentary - 2005
    Best Picture Editing in a Documentary, Best Direction in a Documentary Program, Best Photography in a Documentary, Best Sound in a Documentary
  • Sundance Film Festival, USA - 2005
    Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary
  • Philadelphia Film Festival, USA - 2005
    ury Award for Best Documentary
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada - 2004
  • Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden - 2005
  • Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival, Netherlands - 2005
  • Bermuda International Film Festival, Bermuda - 2005
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey - 2005
  • Minneapolis Film Festival, USA - 2005
  • Nashville Film Festival, USA - 2005
  • Silver Docs Film Festival, USA - 2005

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