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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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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
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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

1 star

this film could've been better if they had re-cast some of the actors, changed the script. i think the dialogues are dull and cliche. i can't feel the tense of the situation. many are a lot better in portraying the situation in rwanda than this film

- wang90, Sunday, March 2, 2008

3 stars

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

2 stars

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