Shake Hands with the Devil

Synopsis: In the end of 1993, the Canadian General Romeo Dallaire is assigned to lead the United Nation troops in Rwanda. In 1994, when the genocide of the Tutsis by the Hutus begins, General Dallaire gives his best effort to help the people in Rwanda, inclusive negotiating with the Tutsi rebels, the Hutu army and the Interhamwe militia. However, he fights against bureaucracy and lack of interest from the United Nations and witnesses the West World ignoring and turning back any sort of support, inclusive USA opposing in the security council of UN to any type of help.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Roger Spottiswoode
Production: Regent Releasing/here! Films
  6 wins & 13 nominations.
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112 min


United Nations, New York

November 1, 1993

United Nations Mission in Rwanda

(UNAMIR) Headquarters

Excuse me?

Do you know those young men?

The boys with the wigs.

They're lnterahamwe.



What's that?


We have to protect ourselves

from our enemies.

Happy to see you, Prime Minister.

Glad to see

you're not always working!

I'm a Hutu,


It's bad enough to be a woman.

If I were a Tutsi as well...

I wouldn't be prime minister.

I'm a Hutu but...

since I'm a so-called moderate,

the Hutu hardliners hate me.

Come to Mommy.

Only French.

- You speak French, right?

- Yes.

You're very courageous.

I'm just stubborn.

I love my country.

I hope you'll love it too.

I love its beauty.

Everybody loves beauty.

Loving a beautiful child...

That's easy.

What's harder

is to love a child

who's not so beautiful.

South of the D.M.Z.

(Demilitarized Zone)

North of the D.M.Z.

Rebel Army (RPF)

General Kagame's HQ

December 23, 1993 Government and

RPF negotiate at Kilometre 64

Major Kam enzi

RPF Chief Negotiator

Colonel Bagosora

Government Chief Negotiator

It's late, we're uncomfortable.

There'll be nothing to eat or drink

until we settle the last points.

Which are, first:

Which parties nominate ministers

for the interim government?

accommodations in Kigali

for the RPF representatives

and for troops to protect them.

RPF (Rebel) troops arriving

at new HQ Kigali

Please, General.

Meet my wife.

A pleasure, madame.

What shall we toast?



We all want peace,

except Tutsis.

As I was explaining

to Colonel Marchal.

Tutsis don't want to share power.

They want everything!

Notjust Rwanda!

Uganda, Zaire...


You Belgians

won't hear the truth.

Because you're to blame.

Tell me, Col. Bagosora...

What is it, my dear General?

Does President Habyanmana

have an heir?

If something happened to him,

who'd be his successor?

Has he appointed anyone?

He doesn't like to think

about such things.

It's OK, I just want to talk.

I always carry a gun.

My name doesn't matter.

You can call me... Jean-Pierre.

U.S. Embassy

Office of President Habyanmana

These allegations are...

very disturbing.

It's a bunch of lies.

Tell me again, General...

Who is peddling this story?

I can't reveal his name,

but we believe him.

Temporary Rebel HQ in Kigali

They caught Tutsis

trying to get out.

They say they're spies!

April 6, 1994

15 p.m.

Yes, Prime Minister?

It was his plane.

The president was on board.

Things could get out of control.

I'll need your help.

I'll send troops.

As for me, Prime Minister,

you're in charge.

- I 'II inform Col. Bagosora.

- Thank you, General.

Thank you.

Rwandan Army Headquarters

Not only our president,

but also our chief of staff,

and Burundi's president...

It's amazing!

Let me assure you,

our Crisis Committee

will run the country

until the politicians resume power.

But Rwanda has a government

under Prime MinisterAgathe.

That old whore!

Madame Agathe!

She is a woman who talks too much.

Neither the people

nor the cabinet support her.

I can't recognize your committee

as the legal government.

It's not up to you to say

who controls my country.

Call Mr. Booh-Booh.


Col. Marchal?

The roadblocks downtown...

Were they your orders?


Tell him we're on our way.

We tried to secure the crash site.

They stopped us.

The Presidential Guards

are out of control tonight!

They are mad with grief!

Their president is dead,

maybe murdered.

It might calm them to hear

the government still rules,

that there hasn't been a coup.

Get out!

- Get out!

- Idiot!

Do you know who I am?

Let them go!

Lucky you still control the Guard.

We might have been in trouble.

J. R. Booh-Booh,

Political Head of UNAMIR

Madame Agathe is the legitimate

head of your government.

Can you get her safely

to the radio station

so she can make

a public appeal for calm?

I asked Col. Marchal for an escort.

Belgian Paracommandos,

some of my best men.


Colonel, everyone is anxious

to get the situation under control.

I spoke to the US ambassador.

He's calling a meeting

for 9:
00 a.m. at his embassy.

Prime Minister Agathe's Residence

I understand, General.

We'll stay right here.

All the armed men outside,

aren't they here to protect me?

Thank you, General.

Good night.

I order you to disarm your men!

This place is under UN protection.

I represent the government

of Rwanda,

and I order you to disarm. Now!

You've no authority.

I'm head of security here.

You're wasting my time!

More than 20 government soldiers

are ordering us to disarm.

Awaiting orders!

- Now!

- Awaiting orders!

Tango 2, you're not to fire

unless fired upon.

If you're overwhelmed,

hand over your weapons.

Weapons down!

Drop them! Lie down!

Down! Weapons down,

and lie down!

You too!

Drop your weapons and lie down!

That's an order.

On the ground! You, down!

Faster! Hands on your head!

Who do you think you are?

You Whites,

who do you think you are?

You've no business here!

You know nothing... nothing!

Nothing at all!

We don't need you here!

Don't worry, children.

Everything will be fine.

Don't worry.

The Guard seized the radio station.

Roadblocks are everywhere!

Tutsis are being massacred

across the city.

Tutsis and moderates,


Thank you, General.

Thank you.

No. Nobody passes!

It's restricted.

I must find Col. Bagosora.

I have orders.

If you drive through, we'll fire!




You're not allowed!

Take aim.

Good day, General.

Where's Col. Bagosora?

You can't go on foot, hop in.

Thank you.

Col. Bagosora is

at the military college.

- Stop!

- Can't stop...

Those are my men!

- It's an order!

- They're out of control!

The camp is out of control.



Gen. Dallairel

Come this way.

We believe that

only our Crisis Committee

can restore order

to the people of Rwanda.

I expect your cooperation.

And for the details...

General Dallaire,


I was hoping

you'd address the ofcers.

First, I deeply regret

the loss of your president.

Some of your units are overcome

by grief and anger.

I understand.

But they've committed grave cn'mes.

That must cease right now.

We in UNAMIR are staying put.

We will do all we can

to prevent renewed civil war.

We won't abandon Rwanda.

Thank you.

What if war resumes?

One moment...

What about my men at Camp Kigali?

I don't know.

But the radio says Belgians

shot down the president's plane.

That's bullshit!

What about my men?

The camp is mutinous.

I want to go in right now.

UNAMIR must stay out of this.

UNAMIR is not leaving.

I've a message from Gen. Kagame.

If the killings don't stop

before sunset,

he'll order in his troops.

If nothing's done, Colonel,

this means war.

If you'll excuse me.

I want to see my men!


I'm told your men

are at Kigali Hospital.

One moment, General.

He says the bodies

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Roméo Dallaire

Lieutenant-General Roméo Antonius Dallaire, (born June 25, 1946) is a Canadian humanitarian, author and retired senator and general. Dallaire served as Force Commander of UNAMIR, the ill-fated United Nations peacekeeping force for Rwanda between 1993 and 1994, and attempted to stop the genocide that was being waged by Hutu extremists against Tutsis and Hutu moderates. Dallaire is the founder of The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, a Senior Fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) and Co-Director of the Will to Intervene Project that released a policy recommendation report "Mobilizing the Will to Intervene: Leadership and Action to Prevent Mass Atrocities." more…

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