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As genocide rages in Rwanda, Lt. Roméo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) is assigned to lead the United Nations peacekeeping force. Fighting for his own survival as well as the millions of innocents threatened by the war, Lt. Dallaire finds himself torn between duty and conscience in his efforts to prevent the country’s descent into hell.
Making-of Featurette, Audio commentary with director Roger Spottiswoode and Lt. General Dallaire, Additional commentary track with the filmmakers.
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But it is the story of bravery, one man against what seems the world, doing what was right. It is important. It should be watched.
Roy DuPuis does an amazing job as Lt.General Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian Army General in charge of the UN Peacekeeping force under the spot of work of Director Roger Spottswoode and those who put this powerful story on film. Shot in Rwanda where the actual events took place the film offers up powerful visuals as well.
Dallaire and those who stayed on to protect those they could after being order to leave are the kind of heroes we need to celebrate and admire, for their service and for the terrible price that each paid, after they were ordered to leave by UN officials.
There are those who serve honorably in conflicts and those who do not. Dullaire and the soldiers who braved overwhelming odds are the former and the world powers and the UN officials represent the latter.
I strongly encourage you to see this movie.
Finally, considering that the theme is how the whole world looked the other way while these events occurred, I find it disheartening that this film has not gotten the attention it deserves.
It further displays the wreckage it played upon the General's psyche during and after the conflict. It is a profound film and should be a required study for those examining the social sciences. It had an impact upon me for several days, as I believe was its' intent. So be it. Truly a film to be WITNESSED, not merely seen.
This is not for kids!