Friday, June 18, 2010

Peter Raymont

Peter Raymont's Shake Hands With the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire (2004) is a deep and harrowing character study about one man's continuing internal struggle with his past command of the United Nations peacekeeping force during the Rwandan genocide. Raymont's observation of Roméo Dallaire's psychological state is a counterpoint to the film's well-edited history lesson. The April 1994 departure of Belgian troops, for example, is one of many low points (bottom still). Despite Dallaire's modesty, the film unambiguously establishes his heroism using archival footage and recollections from witnesses and colleagues.
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