There's a new film out in Canadian theaters this week, based on the memoirs of Canadian Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire, called Shake Hands With The Devil, that I want to bring to the attention of our international readers, in case they were not aware of it.
The book upon which the film is based, Shake Hands With The Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, relates General Dallaire's time as Commander of the United Nations Observer Mission in Rwanda in 1993-94. It chronicles the United Nations "response" to the machete massacres and other genocidal horrors of that period.
From the official website of White Pine Pictures, the production company behind the film, comes this reminder of the book's important message:
The General pulls no punches in his condemnation of top UN officials, expedient Belgian policy makers and senior members of the Clinton administration who chose to do nothing as Dallaire pleaded for reinforcements and revised rules of engagement.
Dallaire is convinced that, with a few thousand more troops and a mandate to act pre-emptively, he could have stopped the killings. His impotence, at a time of extreme crisis, preys on his conscience still.
Here's the official trailer for the film:
I also recommend visiting the movie's official website to learn more about this timely film.