Beyond the Gates
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Another devastating look at Rwandan genocide.
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Rotten: I think Beyond the Gates is an important film, and it's too bad that it's not a very good one.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Wednesday, March 7, 2007
font=Century Gothic]It would be the easiest thing in the world to simply write off "Beyond the Gates" as another tearjerker but it has got more things on its mind than that.(A very unsentimental ending does raise it to another level.) In telling the story about two white Englishmen, Christopher(John Hurt, who is fantastic), a priest who intially believes the situation in Rwanda in 1994 to be no more serious than a coup, and Joe(Hugh Dancy), a neophyte teacher, who give sanctuary to thousands of Tutsi's during the resulting genocide, the movie covers a lot of the same ground that "Hotel Rwanda" and the documentary "Shake Hands with the Devil" have already covered, especially in the impossible situation that the United Nations troops were placed in, under orders not to fire their weapons. But the movie turns a mirror onto its own Eurocentrism. Joe gets Rachel(Nicola Walker), a reporter, to cover their situation by mentioning the Europeans there and later that same reporter confesses her own racism in covering similar atrocities in the Balkans. /font] font=Century Gothic]/font] font=Century Gothic]All of which brings to mind the non-action that has been happening towards Darfur the last couple of years. Just as there is no difference between Hutu and Tutsi, there is no difference between black and white. We are all one people on this planet and must come to the aid of those in desperate straits no matter where they are./font]
- gator681, Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Too self-serving, and supplies absolutely no insight into the vital question of why Hutu hatred for the Tutsis could have reached such a boiling point.
- DocHalister, Friday, November 30, 2012
As with all movies based on genocide, this movie is not easy to watch. The focus of this story is the spiritual conflict of two British men that are running a school and church in Rwanda when the government is overthrown. In the end each must make his own difficult choice. This can't be a happy story, but the cast was great and the plot was well developed.
- Hamee, Monday, July 30, 2012