Remembering the Rwandan genocide through film

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan genocide.

About a decade later, we began to see a number of dramatic films that depicted that atrocity and its aftermath from a variety of angles. Some told the story from the perspective of the Rwandans themselves, while others focused on the various European and North American figures — journalists, priests, and soliders — who saw it happen.

I reviewed four of these films — and interviewed the producer of one of them — for BC Christian News and Christianity Today between 2004 and 2009. So to mark the anniversary, I have re-posted those articles here at the blog.

First, I reviewed Hotel Rwanda in 2004 for BC Christian News.

Then, I wrote a short review of Shooting Dogs for BC Christian News when it was released in Canada in 2006. I wrote a longer review of the film for Christianity Today when it was released in the United States — under a new title, Beyond the Gates — in 2007. I also interviewed producer David Belton at that time.

I reviewed the adaptation of Gen. Romeo Dallaire’s memoir Shake Hands with the Devil for BC Christian News in 2007.

And finally, I noted the arrival of Lee Isaac Chung’s Munyurangabo in a news item for Christianity Today when the film premiered at Cannes in 2007, and I wrote a short review of it for BC Christian News when it finally came to Vancouver in 2009.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).