Beyond the Gates

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Two outsiders witness an onslaught of bloody Rwandan genocide in this fact-based drama from director Michael Caton-Jones Scandal. In 1994, Joe Connor Hugh Dancy is a British schoolteacher who has volunteered to spend a year at the École Technique Officielle, a school in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Connor's arrival in Rwanda occurs after the nation's Civil War between the Tutsis and the Hutus has dissipated c. August 1993. Yet despite the official end of this well-publicized struggle, political negotiations ...
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Two outsiders witness an onslaught of bloody Rwandan genocide in this fact-based drama from director Michael Caton-Jones Scandal. In 1994, Joe Connor Hugh Dancy is a British schoolteacher who has volunteered to spend a year at the École Technique Officielle, a school in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Connor's arrival in Rwanda occurs after the nation's Civil War between the Tutsis and the Hutus has dissipated c. August 1993. Yet despite the official end of this well-publicized struggle, political negotiations between the two groups have reached a stalemate, and the Hutus begin systematic preparation for a mass-genocide of the Tutsi people who have assumed political power via the establishment of the RPF. Connor has already seen signs of the coming conflict in the abuse meted out to Marie Claire-Hope Ashitey, a Tutsi student who was one of his star pupils, as well as the bitter hatred expressed by François David Gyasi, a Hutu janitor at the school. As the genocide erupts, with extreme Hutu factions slaughtering Tutsis by the thousands, the École Technique becomes a base of operations for Belgian peacekeeping forces from the United Nations. Most extended visitors from the West especially America and Europe flee Rwanda as the fighting breaks out, but Connor decides to stay, and in fact strikes up a friendship with Father Christopher John Hurt, a Catholic priest who has come to the nation as a missionary. As Father Christopher serves mass and strives to offer solace to the Tutsis and moderate Hutus caught in the fighting, he and Connor use the school as a safe haven for Tutsi refugees; however, after five days of genocidal killing, the U.N. troops move out, leaving little hope for the people they were supposed to protect. Beyond the Gates was produced by David Belton, who helped write the film's story; Belton was a correspondent with the BBC who was assigned to Rwanda when the fighting broke out.
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Special Features

Audio commentaries with the director, screenwriter and producer; The Making of Beyond the Gates featurette; Ways to get involved: The International Rescue Committee's efforts with war-torn communities and uprooted people
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • UPC: 024543460619
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Edited
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,589

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Hurt Father Christopher
Hugh Dancy Joe Connor
Claire-Hope Ashitey Marie
Dominique Horwitz Captain Delon
Louis Mahoney Sibomana
Nicola Walker Rachel
Steve Toussaint Roland
David Gyasi Francois
Susan Nalwoga Edda
Victor Power Julius
Musa Kasonka Jr. Bonfiace
Jack Pierce Mark
Kizito Ssentamu Kayiira Pierre
Jean De La Croix Road Block Militia
Alexander Ikuzo Claude
Raymond Kalisa Rwandan Soldier
Venuste Karasira Economist
Charles Kayondo Felicien
Ndabananiye Samuel Kyaganbidwa Road Block Militia
Jean Kennedy Mazimpaka Road Block Victim
Alain Nizet French Commander
Jean Paul Nkundabanyanga Interahamwe Intruder
Arthur Nkusi Aaron
Denis Nsanzamahoro Road Block Militia
Eugene Rugwiza Baptiste
Molly Rutagarama Isabelle
Joseph Saad Road Block Militia
Abdul Sebagangali Rwandan Soldier
Francine Naomi Umutoni Rosa
Rose-Mary Uwimana Frightened Woman
Dario Marianelli Conductor
Technical Credits
Michael Caton-Jones Director
Richard Alwyn Executive Producer, Original Story
Hope Azeda Casting
David Belton Original Story, Producer
Ruth Caleb Executive Producer
Dinah Collin Costumes/Costume Designer
Pippa Cross Producer
Jo Gilyead Makeup
Mark Goddard Asst. Director
Sarah Grundy Makeup
Jens Meurer Producer
Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
Christian Lonk Editor
Dario Marianelli Score Composer
Geoffrey Mutagoma Consultant/advisor
Talya Pachter Makeup
Maggie Rodford Musical Direction/Supervision
Astrid Sieben Art Director, Asst. Director
Karsten Stoter Executive Producer
Ivan Strasburg Cinematographer
Bertram Strauss Production Designer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Paul Trijbits Executive Producer
Helen Vesperini Consultant/advisor
David Wolstencroft Screenwriter
Alison Wright Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Beyond the Gates
1. Main Titles/All's Well [3:56]
2. The Family That Prays Together [1:08]
3. The Start of Trouble [2:55]
4. The List [1:00]
5. Keep the Faith [2:23]
6. An Uneasy Feeling [3:05]
7. More Than Just Kid Stuff [1:53]
8. Who's Safe? [2:41]
9. The Slaughter Begins [3:43]
10. We Wouldn't Understand [1:49]
11. What Good Are They? [1:14]
12. Seeking Refuge [6:28]
13. No Time to Waste [4:05]
14. God, the Last Bastion [2:06]
15. Blood for Blood [3:57]
16. High Alert [3:13]
17. Small Blessings [7:15]
18. The Gathering Storm [4:28]
19. Eye for an Eye [1:36]
20. A Light in the Darkness [4:01]
21. A Mission of Mercy [5:36]
22. Where Is God? [4:33]
23. Insanity at the Core [7:26]
24. Why Has God Forsaken Us? [3:31]
25. How Much Can the Heart Take? [2:52]
26. Abandonment [3:44]
27. Final Dignity [6:01]
28. A Final Plan [1:55]
29. Run for Your Life [3:52]
30. Ludicrous [2:12]
31. Afraid to Die [2:50]
32. 100 Days, 600,000 Deaths [8:10]
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Disc #1 -- Beyond the Gates
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
         English 5.1 Dolby Surround
         Commentary by Director Michael Caton-Jones
         Commentary by Writer David Wolstencroft & Producer David Belton
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Michael Caton-Jones: On
      Commentary by Director Michael Caton-Jones: Off
      Commentary by Writer David Wolstencroft & Producer David Belton: On
      Commentary by Writer David Wolstencroft & Producer David Belton: Off
      The Making of Beyond the Gates (aka Shooting Dogs)
      Ways to Get Involved: The IRC
      Theatrical Trailer
      The TV Set Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Powerful, Deeply Moving Examination of the Rwanda Genocide of 1994

    To acknowledge the fact that genocides are still active in our supposedly enlightened times is terrifying, yet through films such as BEYOND THE GATES, HOTEL RWANDA, and SOMETIMES IN APRIL we are gradually bring informed about one particular genocide - that occurred in 1994 in Rwanda - and hopefully will make us as a global population more proactive in stemming the possibility of further acts of brutality and disregard of humanity. Writer David Wolstencroft and director Michael Caton-Jones have created one of the most powerfully poignant films about the genocide of the Tsutsi people by the Hutu people and by placing the film exactly where the genocide happened have added an intensely compelling atmosphere to an act that never should have happened. In 1994, at the Ecole Technique Officielle, a school for the Rwandan children run by Europeans under the tutelage of Father Christopher (John Hurt) and with idealistic teachers such as the young Joe (Hugh Dancy), the incipient intertribal rioting between the Hutus and Tsutsis is 'monitored by the impotent United Nations led by Capitaine Delon (Dominique Horwitz). After the current leader of Rwanda is shot down in a helicopter tragedy, the Hutus begin killing the Tsutsi, butchering them with machetes and leaving the bodies to rot in the streets. The Tsutsis flock to the Ecole, looking for asylum and protection, and Father Christopher and Joe do everything in their power to provide food and shelter and safety. One particularly gifted student Marie (Claire-Hope Ashitey) works closely with the two men, gaining their admiration and love, and representing the desperate need of the Tsutsis. The UN forces refuse to fire on the invading Hutus and finally evacuate all white Europeans to be flow to safety out of Africa. It is this final abandonment of the Tsutsis that underlies the ensuing slaughter of those who sought help within the Ecole walls. And with showing the decimated Tsutsis the film ends with a few follow-up scenes that are deeply touching and immensely disturbing. It is clear that the film reveals how the world ignored the tragic genocide of 1994 and a more poignant statement has rarely been captured in writing, filming, direction, and acting. John Hurt and Hugh Dancy are brilliant in their roles, but it is the performance of young Claire-Hope Ashitey that rivets our attention: she is a wonder of an actress and deserves awards for her intensely realistic performance. The film's story is already known (hopefully) so there can be no spoilers here. And therein lies the agonizing reality that the world stood by and let this happen. Every world citizen should be required to see this powerful film in hopes that such atrocities will be prevented in the future. But then there is now Darfur..... Grady Harp

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