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Shooting Dogs

3

Shooting Dogs is a mongrel of a film, taking the real-life massacre of 2,500 refugees during the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and planting two fictional Brits into the fray. Through the eyes of a noble priest (a magnificent John Hurt) and a young, idealistic teacher (Hugh Dancy), we behold the tragic events unfolding and witness the UN’s frustrating impotence. It’s a smart enough narrative ploy, but the film’s bruising impact lies in its factual foundation – the question of the fictitious characters’ strength of faith and sacrifice detracting from the real inquisition as to why the West failed to intervene in the unrest that saw 800,000 people murdered.

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 31st 2006

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