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Beyond the Gates

By John Hurt (Actor), Hugh Dancy (Actor), Dominique Horwitz (Actor), Louis Mahoney (Actor), Nicola Walker (Actor) & Michael Caton-Jones (Director)
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Record Label   20th Century Fox
Format   Color / Dolby / DVD / Subtitled / NTS
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.1" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Publisher   WORD ACCT# W41160193
ISBN  5557637230  
EAN  9785557637237  
UPC  024543463108  

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Based on true events during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, an exhausted Catholic priest (John Hurt) and a young idealistic English teacher (Hugh Dancy) find themselves caught in a literal and spiritual crisis. They have to choose whether to stay with the thousands of Tutsis about to be massacred or to flee for safety.

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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.

In April 1994, a secondary school in Kigali, Rwanda called the Ecole Technique Officielle (ETO), being used as a UN army base, became a refugee camp. Belgian UN troops, school children, NGO workers and over 2,500 Tutsi citizens and their sympathizers took refuge against a raging genocide while the Hutu militia, clad with machetes, clamored outside the school gates.

Five days later, the UN troops withdrew from the school, taking the whites with them. Within hours, almost all of the Rwandans were dead.

BEYOND THE GATES is about the choices we make when we are free to choose. In the tragic circumstances of the Ecole Technique Officielle, would you have left with the UN troops on the fifth day or would you have stayed?

Directed by Michael Caton-Jones and starring John Hurt, Hugh Dancy and Clare-Hope Ashitey, BEYOND THE GATES was co-produced by David Belton, Pippa Cross and Jens Meurer. Belton who also co-wrote the original story was a former BBC Newsnight correspondent stationed in Rwanda during the genocide.

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Beyond the Gates (of this world and into the next...)  Apr 15, 2010
This is a superb film which tells a tale of woe and courage, of humanity at its best and worst, and reveals the in-between nature of humanity and our current existence. It is pictorially stunning and believably scripted. The acting is excellent. I wrote a review for a class which I append.
"Beyond the Gates" is a Michael Caton-Jones film "based on real events and made at the locations depicted" in the film. It recounts certain of the events of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda at a specific location in Kigali, Rwanda, and affecting specific persons. It stars John Hurt and Hugh Dancy. John Hurt plays Father Christopher, the Roman Catholic priest at the Ecole Technique Officielle, a secondary school run by Europeans, and Hugh Dancy plays John, an idealistic young teacher at the school. These two main European characters are entrained with the United Nations forces who are observers of the peace stationed on their school grounds. Other important non-Rwandans depicted are a journalism crew consisting of a female reporter/interviewer and a cameraman. The complexity of their interactions in the face of the initiation of the Rwandan genocide gradually revealed the extent of the massacre. Their reactions to the events they learn are going on around them mirror the difficulty of getting accurate information, believing what is occurring, and the gamut of human responses available under the circumstances. The portrayal of the effects of the Hutu and Tutsi interactions in the days leading up to the coup which initiates the Rwandan genocide lays the matrix for the genocide in the African country of Rwanda and bares the realities of identification papers, deliberate enrolments of Tutsi in lists for location and identification by officials (and those who would kill them), and the gaps between ostensible neighbors, classmates, friends, and families.

"Every man is given the key to the gates of heaven. The same key opens the gates of hell. - Buddhist proverb" opens the film as white lettering on a black screen. This is followed by "This film is based on real events and was made at the locations depicted." Then a brief introduction of the situation of Rwanda in 1994 is on the screen, appearing a sentence at a time, accompanied by the sound of insects chirping as the soundtrack - "RWANDA 1994: For thirty years the majority Hutu government has persecuted the minority Tutsi people. ... Under pressure from the West, the Hutu president has reluctantly agreed to share power with the Tutsis. ... The UN has deployed a small force around Kigali, the capital, to monitor the fragile peace." The sound swells to a human voice in lamentation conjoined with the sound of one running and imagery of only the feet and sandals and skirt of one running. This fades into the depiction of a convoy of military vehicles travelling through a jeering crowd of cavorting men with machetes and guns. All is obscured by the dust of the vehicles and the screen fills with the dust. From within this dust the title appears over the indeterminately visible faces of the jeering men with detectable implements of killing, mostly machetes, some maces, and spiked balls on poles. Eventually, the dust obscures all but the title, "BEYOND THE GATES," and the dust fades into black, with only the title visible, which now appears as white against a black screen. In this opening montage the story is told in its simplest formulation: all humans arise from the darkness of non-existence, run their course, and fade into the dust again. We learn in the course of the film that what they do in the life they are given determines what lies beyond the gates of death.

The world-weariness of Father Christopher is belied by his Eucharistic ministry, his assistance at the birth of child in the midst of the chaos within and without the school, and his substitutionary sacrifice of himself to save some children from the massacre after the UN forces leave the school compound. This is set in comparison with John's fleeing the coming death despite his rashly given promise to remain and against the life of one of the children saved by Father Christopher, who remembers him saying, "Sacrifice is the most you can love someone." She observes, "All this time we have been given, we must use it wisely." Indeed, we shall all pass beyond the gates of life into dust. Beyond the Gates moves the material into the eternal realm, engendering the will to live sacrificially, wisely and like Christ in all that occurs.

This film is worth your time in the watching and in the reflection it will undoubtedly provoke.
Intense  Jan 20, 2010
I had never heard of this movie until I was browsing the video section at the library and came across it.
I had just watched "Ella Enchanted" earlier in the week that also has Hugh Dancy in it. The roles Hugh plays in these two films show a complete difference in character. Many actors seem to be hired because of a past playing similar roles.

In Beyond the Gates, Hugh showed his ability to act, and to really hold back when the roll required it.

Beyond the Gates was heart-breaking, eye-opening, and well-done. Knowing that this film was based on true events and that many of the crew who made the film were there during this "act of" genocide, and experienced great loss in their families, gave it even more of an impact. And these events all happened in Rwanda less than 20 years ago.

When the UN military was leaving the school and the Tsutsi gentleman asked the Commanding Officer to shoot the children rather than allow the Hutu to kill them with machetes, I almost wanted the CO to grant the request. Prior to this scene, the CO almost came across as callous and unfeeling, uncaring, evil. He refused to grant the request. And the actor brought it across like he was considering it, but ultimately couldn't bring himself to shoot children. What kind of horror does a man, a father, have to face in order to even have to consider asking that his children be shot to death, because it would be less painful than the manner they were certain to die by later?

I would not allow children to watch this film, as it contains a great degree of senseless acts of violence.
This would be a good film to show in a college level class, or even high school (with parent permission) in World History classes, sociology, psychology, or philosophy even.
I'm a tough audience, but was near tears several times  Dec 5, 2009
This hooked me from the start and never let go. This is not a Hollywood take on the Rwandan genocide, and that's fine. It is superb in its own right. It somehow manages to pull no punches without hitting you over the head. But it does grab your heart. Incredibly powerful, engrossing and disturbing. Don't see it if you need some light entertainment. But see it.
Beyond the Gates  Nov 30, 2009
I was satisfied with my purchase of this movie. Very moving movie about the genecide in Rawanda. It is how the French or Belgum came to this country and stuck their nose where it wasn't wanted and cause mass killing.
an overwhelmingly powerful film  Jun 8, 2008
"Beyond the Gates" (aka "Shooting Dogs") is a shattering true-life drama set during the Rwandan genocide of 1994 - a holocaust in which over 800,000 unarmed Tutsis were brutally massacred by their gun- and machete-toting Hutu neighbors simply for being "different." This harrowing and heartbreaking film focuses on a Catholic priest and a young American teacher who find themselves caught up in a human tragedy of unimaginable proportions when a large group of terrified Tutsis flee to the school for safety and protection (a comforting but, as it turns out, utterly impotent U.N. "peacekeeping force" has also set up shop there).

Comparisons to the earlier, better-known "Hotel Rwanda" are as an inevitable as they are irrelevant, for "Beyond the Gates" is a searing and unforgettable movie in its own right, filled with indelible imagery and pulse-pounding suspense. The brilliant screenplay by David Wolstencroft (based on the book by Richard Alwyn and David Belton) focuses as much on the moral dilemma taking place within the souls of the two white men as it does on the unspeakable tragedy occurring in the world outside. Both men, utterly powerless in the face of such a monumental event, are forced to question whether the religious dogma that they espouse so readily in times of peace has any real efficacy or relevance in times when the very fabric of humanity seems to be coming apart at the seams. Director Michael Caton-Jones has provided scene after scene in which characters - both major and minor - are forced to re-examine their commitment to themselves, the people around them and the belief systems they've adopted to get themselves through life. The movie also points out just how shamefully the outside world acted in turning a blind eye to what was happening in that country, refusing to step in at any point to try and bring the situation under control, and then proffering lame excuses to justify its inaction once it was all over.

With many actual survivors of the holocaust working both behind the camera as technical assistants and in front of it as extras and minor characters, the film brilliantly recreates the events with devastating immediacy and accuracy (the movie was also filmed at the actual locations where the incidents themselves took place, greatly enhancing its verisimilitude). Moreover, John Hurt as the priest and Hugh Dancy as the teacher deliver soul-searing, gut-wrenching performances that get to the heart of what it truly means to be one`s brother`s keeper.

Acts of such unmitigated savagery and brutality, especially when conducted on this massive a scale, are so incomprehensible in their horror that it would be virtually impossible for any single work of art to successfully grasp the meaning behind them. But by personalizing the issues and placing the events within the context of a series of universally identifiable moral dilemmas, the makers of this extraordinarily fine film have perhaps come as close as is humanly possible to achieving that end. Don't miss it.

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