• Shooting Dogs (2007)

Shooting Dogs

Release Date: March 9th, 2007

R |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

In 1994 Rwanda, simmering tensions between Hutus and Tutsis boil over into full-scale genocide. Two men, a priest named Father Christopher (John Hurt) and British schoolteacher Joe Connor (Hugh Dancy), get caught up in the conflict and stay behind to help those who seek shelter at the Ecole Technique Officielle.

Cast: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Dominique Horwitz, Louis Mahoney, Nicola Walker, Steve Toussaint, David Gyasi, Susan Nalwoga

Director: Michael Caton-Jones

Genres: Docudrama

Production Co: BBC, UK Film Council, Egoli Tossell Films

Keywords: Emotional, Rescue, Sacrifice, Soldier, School, Quest, Friendship, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune

    If Beyond the Gates were merely a well-intentioned bore, the reality might seem jarring. As is, the coda fits and feels like the only possible ending--proof that surviving to help tell the story of a genocidal nightmare is the best revenge. show more

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The greatest failure of the film, written by David Wolstencroft, is its inability to enter into the lives of the Rwandans, Tutsi and Hutu alike. The movie never moves beyond the tragic facts to show us the human face of either victims or perpetrators. All we get are white people shaking their heads and cursing Western governments. show more

  • 100
    Ken FoxTV Guide Magazine

    Caton-Jones' refusal to pull back on showing exactly what happened to the 800,000 Rwandans who were murdered that spring means that strong stomachs and even stronger nerves are required, but the film demands to be seen by anyone attempting to grasp how -- and just how quickly -- genocide can occur. show more

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Nominated Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)