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Shooting Dogs: A Movie on the Rwandan Genocide

By March 29, 2006

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Speaking at the premiere of the movie Shooting Dogs, Rwandan President Paul Kagame is quoted by CNN as saying it was "going to be a continued part of our memory relating to the genocide, and I think that memory needs to be kept." The title of the film is a reference to the shooting by United Nations troops of dogs devouring corpses lying in the streets of the Rwandan capital, Kigali, during the genocide. (Read news report...)

Shooting Dogs was shot in Rwanda and deals with the massacre at Kigali's Ecole Technique Officielle, run by priests and home to Belgian UN troops. Some 2,500 Tutsis who took shelter there were slaughtered by militia after the UN troops left. A review on BBC says: "If Rwanda is a scar on the conscience of the United Nations, this film picks at its stitches." A review on Guardian Online says the BBC-financed film "only compounds the original sins of the West's media".

More on Shooting Dogs:
Official Movie Website/Blog
View movie trailer
• Review from Guardian Online
• Review from Variety


February 16, 2009 at 8:35 am
(1) Lorraine Taylor says:

This is one of the most powerful and thought provoking films I have ever seen. I am as guilty as the next when watching the news to dismiss this kind of report “because it does not effect us” well it SHOULD To imagine the despair and fear of those people when the UN left is devastating

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