Shake Hands with the Devil Synopsis

Shake Hands With The Devil

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Shake Hands with the Devil-Sinn Fein councillor Christy Burke.

Based on Dallaire’s autobiography of the same name, Shake Hands with the Devil is the second film based on the soldier’s story, following a 2004 documentary with a very similar title.

Shake Hands With the Devil
The story of Canadian soldier Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire‘s United Nations peace mission to Rwanda in 1994 has received a lot of attention over the years, and rightly so. Dallaire’s story is a horrific one, about a country in turmoil, and the man who tried to prevent the slaughtering of a minority population, but wasn’t given the power to stop it.

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French-Canadian Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, who commanded U.N. peacekeeping troops during Rwanda's 1994 genocide, didn't see his own family butchered or his own country awash in the blood of innocents. But the tribal slaughter has clearly been the defining event of his life. That was evident from Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire, a 2004 documentary that observed Dallaire's return trip to postwar Rwanda. It's even more obvious from Shake Hands with the Devil, a docudrama based on the general's memoir.

War and death are, perhaps, two of the greatest subjects in filmmaking, covered in many different ways since film was first created. This week on DVD, war takes centre stage in Shake Hands With the Devil, the real-life account of a Canadian solider charged with protecting peace in Rwanda, who is refused the power to make a difference. While death gets the funny treatment in P.S. I Love You, as a young woman tries to deal with the loss of her husband.