Shooting Dogs / Beyond the Gates

In April 1994, after the airplane of the Hutu President of Rwanda is shot down, the Hutu militias slaughter the Tutsi population. In the Ecole Technique Officielle, a Catholic priest Christopher and the idealistic English teacher Joe Connor lodge two thousand and five hundred Rwandans refugees, under the protection of the Belgian UN force and under siege by Hutu militia. When the Tutsi refugees are abandoned by the UN, they are murdered by the extremist militia.

Based on a true story. The exhausted Catholic priest (Hurt) and a young idealistic English teacher (Dancy) finds themselves caught in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. They must now choose whether to stay with the thousands of Tutsis about to be massacred or to flee for safety. (IMDB)

11 thoughts on “Shooting Dogs / Beyond the Gates

  1. Very powerful and triggered many emotions. The symbolism of the dog being more important than the Tutsi was shocking but very clever. Extremely brutal which helped convey the horror those people endured.

  2. The film shocked me deeply, as it is hard to comprehend that such atrocities can be committed in this day and age. The violent and gruesome scenes helped to hit home on how truly horrendous the killings and crimes were, that went on in Rwanda at this time.

  3. This film was very moving. The symbolism in the dogs was very powerful and emphasised the barbarity and cruelty of the situation that took place in Uganda. The fact it was historically accurate only made the film more prominent and upsetting in my mind.

  4. I think that the film was a extremely powerful film which left me with mixed emotions. I thought that it was very touching as it allowed you to see the way in which the Genocide were treated and the effect on the Tutsis. Overall I found that the film was very touching and made you realise what life is like around the world.

  5. I think that Shooting Dogs triggered me to feel four main emotions. The film made me feel guilty, disgusted, disturbed and ashamed that humans just the same as myself had to be put this amount of pain. The film put across a very strong point that all living people are the same no matter where they are from or what religion they follow. This was shown through the emotions it triggered in it’s audience. The symbolism used where things such as the dogs being allowed on the French trucks but not the Tutsis whose lives where most in danger.

  6. I thought the film shooting dogs was very touching as it allowed you to see how the genocide happened and it gave me a view of what life was like for some of the tutsi’s. It was emotional as you see so many innocent people loosing their lives!

  7. Insightful to the extreme genocide and the horrors of which these people faced. Horrifyingly graphic and depicts the massacre of the discriminative nature which grasped this country during this period. I found the film very emotive and felt pity for the tutsis and the distusting conditions they were forced to endure. The shooting the dogs scene it when the film, for me, moved me most. I found it shocking the inhumane conditions the tutsis were living in. The way the film was formed I found helped me empithise with them greatly and feeling disgusted for the hutu’s and revolted that they were human. It reminded me of lord of the flies as in the sense that the camera captured the sense of mob mentality and hysteria spreading through the country.

  8. The film was exciting, sad, interesting and effective. It triggered all emotions. Right from the start, all the little details, for example, the dog getting taken on the truck instead of the Tutsi, were very effective in putting across the horrible truth of the situation. It really made me think about the disgusting and terrible conditions in which the Tutsi had to live through.

  9. The film made me rethink the way I view death, i saw it as way of in the distance and did not affect my life. But it is happening right now to people who don’t deserve to die.

  10. The film emphasised the struggle of humanity and how we face when confronted with desperation and oppression. The erronious choice of attacking the tutsi creates a disturbing dynamic which contrasts with the usually banal environment of Rwanda.

  11. The film really highlighted the severity of the situation especially the scene where the baby is murdered, and it made me feel very sad for the people and question how we can live in this world with things like this happening.

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