Watch Shake Hands with the Devil
- 1 hr 53 min
Shake Hands with the Devil is a film about Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian General who has a very important assignment regarding the country of Rwanda. He was a leader of a UN mission into that country, and when he journeyed there he was the unfortunate witness of the Rwandan genocide of the Tutsi ethnic group from the Hutu group. Dallaire's mission assignment from the United Nations was to oversee a fragile cease-fire from both of these ethnic groups when his envoy first arrived there. Dallaire notices right away the difficulties of a typical U.N. Peacekeeping Mission. They are marred by being underfunded, bureaucratic, and generally a disorganized patchwork of organizations thrown together by military units from many different countries, with different agendas. In other words, Dallaire noticed right away that cooperation among the various countries in a U.N. Peacekeeping mission could be difficult. Another situation that Dallaire immediately notices in this movie is in the extent of the uneasy peace that exists between the Tutsis and the Hutus, and how easily that peace that his envoy is attempting to keep could be broken. Unfortunately, after an incident where an unknown group shoots down the Presidential plane, all-out war breaks out. This unfortunately sparks a genocidal campaign against the Tutsi minority, starting with one terrible night in Kigali. The reign of terror continues for the duration of Dallaire's tenure with the U.N. Peacekeeping mission, despite his best attempts to resolve the conflict. Dallaire's frustration mounts as he continues to struggle with the lack of supplies, the shortage of men, and the lack of empathy from the U.N and Washington. The movie culminates with the Dallaire's continued futile efforts to appeal to the UN and other organizing bodies and only being met with indifference.