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Beyond the Gates


Based on true events and filmed in Rwanda with genocide survivors as cast and crew, Beyond The Gates tells their shared story of humanity in the most inhumane circumstances.

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0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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5 out of 5

Another devastating look at Rwandan genocide.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the violent images in this film about genocide in Rwanda are hard to look at, especially scenes of children's bloody bodies. While the killings depicted in the movie are, famously, conducted primarily by machete, most of these attacks actually occur just outside the frame, though the killers' intent and effects are clear (lots of bloody aftermath). Militia men appear in various states of hysteria, aggression, and drunkenness. In one very sad scene, a father asks the departing UN captain to shoot the refugees left behind so that they won't have to suffer death by machete. Some language, drinking, and smoking, and one character admits her own racism.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the events that the movie was based on. How could you learn more about the slaughter in Rwanda and what took place during and after the genocide? What roles did the United Nations, the United States, and the European Union take? How does this film compare to the 2005 movie Hotel Rwanda? How does what happened in Rwanda compare to more recent events in the Sudan? Are the situations different or similar? What is the media's role in cases like this?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune, Saturday, February 26, 2011

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,, Wednesday, March 7, 2007


- Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This is one incredible and sad movie. Powerful. The question is what would you have done in the same situation and really could you have done anything. Would give it 5 stars but I just could not sit and watch what they did to these people again.

- DouglasWCollins, Saturday, July 4, 2009

3 stars

Thematically similar to Hotel Rwanda this movie about the genocide of 1994 presents an equally hopeless situation as the angry mob gathers outside a school, (only temporarily) protected by UN soldiers, who refuse to do anything more than their mandate tells them. As the situation gets more and more dire, like a noose closing around someone's neck, John Hurt and Hugh Dancy have their moments to shine, just like the whole cast is really convincing. While some Christian analogies are maybe a little over the top, the movie is still extremely thrilling, frustrating and sad. Showing pictures of the crew members who lost someone in the genocide before the end credits basically makes it impossible not to be touched by this really powerful and important film, that would have deserved as much attention as Hotel Rwanda.

- ironclad1609, Wednesday, May 14, 2008

5 stars

OUTSTANDING MOVIE!! Here's an amazing movie that depicts upon human tragedy that occurred in 1994 Rwanda. Highly touching story plot. Amazing performances by Hugh Dancy and John Hurt. Definitely a must-see.

- iLeo, Saturday, July 19, 2008