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directed by Peter Raymont
Canada 2004

 

  There are certain events that occur in our lifetime that are so unjustly reported to us that it is becomes too astounding for our comprehension and we dismiss it totally - much of society's response is to just accept their own oblivious attitude. Between April and June 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in the space of 100 days. That is 800,000 human beings. 100,000 homeless starving orphans remained. Most of the dead were Tutsis - and most of those who perpetrated the violence were Hutus. You may have missed many of the details in the news as the Nancy Kerrigan figure skating incident took much precedence on many journalistic fronts. The genocide was sparked by the death of the Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on 6 April 1994. One sub-story of this incident the Canadian Armed Forces General Romeo Dallaire was put in charge of a doomed UN peacekeeping force during this 1994 genocide. His proposal called for 5,000 soldiers to permit orderly elections and the return of the refugees. Nothing like this number was supplied and an unspeakable horror emerged. One of the most catastrophic events of the 20th century . Dallaire's cathartic book "Shake Hands with the Devil : The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda" and this film explore not only our failure as a society for being informed, but hence touches upon our values and concern for our fellow man. It is really how one man responded in the face of this tragedy. His numerous suicide attempts since indicate the gravity of how this has affected him - one man - one human - just like you or I. This films is a masterpiece of introspection and documentation. It cannot, and should not, be ignored. out of

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Theatrical Release: September 12th, 2004 - Toronto Film Festival

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DVD Review: MicroFilms (Document Collection) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution MicroFilms - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:31:18
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.40 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1) , English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby)
Subtitles None (occasional translations in English via title screens)
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Studio: MicroFilms

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Peter Raymont
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Commentary by Geoff Pevere
• General Dellaire book reading (excerpts - 5:39 - 4:3)
• Real to Reel interview with Peter Raymont (7:50 - 4:3)
• Photo Gallery

• Reading List

• trailer Gallery

DVD Release Date: March 1st, 2005

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Chapters: 20

 

 

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Shot with DV the image quality of this DVD is excellent. Archival footage is obviously not in as good a shape, but that is understandable. I saw very minor combing and this was in no way impinging upon the viewing experience. This dual-layered DVD is stacked. 2 separate commentaries accompany 2 short featurettes, photo gallery and more. The 5.1 audio is clear. Its only failing as a DVD is there are no subtitles, but otherwise this is easily MicroFilms best project to date. Outstanding work!  out of  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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