Shooting Dogs (2005)

 


 

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In April 1994, after the airplane of the Hutu President of Rwanda is shot down, the Hutu militias slaughter the Tutsi population. In the Ecole Technique Officielle, the Catholic priest Christopher and the idealistic English teacher Joe Connor lodge two thousand and five hundred Rwandans refugees, under the protection of the Belgian UN force and under siege by Hutu militia. When the Tutsi refugees are abandoned by the UN, they are murdered by the extremist militia.

Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Based on a true story. An exhausted Catholic priest (Hurt) and a young idealistic English teacher (Dancy) finds themselves caught in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. They must now choose whether to stay with the thousands of Tutsis about to be massacred or to flee for safety.

Written by
ortsa

Genre: Drama,History

Shooting Dogs (2005)
   
Release Date: 8 December 2005 (Portugal)
Country: UK , Germany
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Cast:
  • John Hurt
  • Hugh Dancy
  • Dominique Horwitz
  • Louis Mahoney
  • Nicola Walker
  • Steve Toussaint
  • David Gyasi
  • Susan Nalwoga
  • Victor Power
  • Jack Pierce
  • Musa Kasonka Jr.
  • Kizito Ssentamu Kayiira
  • Clare-Hope Ashitey


33 Responses to Shooting Dogs (2005)

  1. chtfj21
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    I was perplexed to see how many people came out of the cinema in tears. Now don’t get me wrong, this was a moving and thought-provoking piece of work, but it didn’t make me cry. Am I therefore a heartless bastard? Perhaps. But I wonder, how many of those in the audience went out of their way to take action back in 1994 when it could have made a difference? How many cried back then? How many bothered to donate the £5 they spent an that evening’s "entertainment" to aid the refugees? Probably not many. I mean, Shooting Dogs didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. Those of us who are old enough all saw the slaughtering on TV. We all just sighed and shook our heads and went back to worry about our own little problems. After all, to quote the best line in the film, they were just a bunch of dead Africans. It’s a hard thing to admit, isn’t it? But for most of us it’s the truth. Those tears are just as worthless as the tears shed over "Titanic".

  2. DeadPrezGirlie
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    If i could prove to a Tutsi or Hutu rebel that i was a black American,

    not a native of Africa, do you think they would still kill me anyway or just let me go?

  3. cthulhulurks
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    How on earth they tell which one is which?

    my vote history:

    http://imdb.com/mymovies/list?l=27424531

  4. donryan
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    What was the quote at the end of the credits about Faith, Heresy, and Apathy

  5. Sid-Blitzen
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    Rwanda has shown that, when it comes to stopping slaughter, UN troops are about as useful as a chocolate fireplace. This being so, why, whenever trouble breaks out upon the world stage, do people insist that "we should let the UN handle it". The UN looks to me like they couldn’t handle much of anything.

  6. red_rackham_77
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    That woman who kept babbling on about unable to lable WTF was going on in Rwanda was not in the category of genocide. It pisses me off to hear and watch that news clip, I hate her and I hate who ever she is speaking for or whatever group she was speaking for.

    The *beep* that I saw in the movie makes me pray for an end of the world because even if there was peace between on Tutsies and Hutus there will be those who will not forget or let go of the past. Probably the same with Jews and Germans, there is bitter hatered and no forgiveness between them.

    Pray for them, for all of them even that White bitch, may God forgive her because I won’t. I won’t forgive anyone who didn’t do anything to stop the genocide.

  7. aspinks
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    I cannot believe he was not nominated for this performance. To be honest he would have walked away with Best Actor had he been nominated

  8. benfitton
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    by this it showed a brutality and emotion that i thought hotel rwanda didnt have still good but i think this was more indepth and the emotion especially on father christopther near the end was amazing had to be the biggest failure of humanity ever

  9. z99
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    would like to hear opinions (especially those of South Africans) which one is more historycally accurate and which one is more realistic as to depict life in Rawand/Africa: Shooting Dogs or Hotel Rwanda?

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  10. texmexmartin
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    Is Pater Christopher a real character? Did he excist in real life?

  11. delmonte21
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    Lol, this film was so dull. They completely failed to capture the horror. Typical British cinematic failure: mediocre and limp-wristed. Great one guys.

    My main point is that they moralise through the script, not the plot. There’s all this "Oooh, the eucharist is great, god rocks, but oh my god why are they doing this to each other?"

    I DON’T WANT TO BE TOLD WHAT TO THINK !

    I want to be moved to think by the unfolding plot. And since the plot is basically blacks in the compound get screwed by the UN, I’ve got nothing for them.

    Such a disappointment, especially since the writer had actually been there. Thanks for wasting 115 minutes of my life, you dick.

  12. sir_humpslot
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    you name it, all the bad trappings of colonialism and imperialism show themselves throughout the movie. from the entire premise of white people suffering and dealing with their unhappiness at the cost of the lives of the rwanda natives and bad religious themes are all there. unlike "hotel rwanda" that actually had the balls to say the truth ("they don’t care because to them you’re just Africans, not even n!gg3rs) this movie skips around the issue as nothing more than white people not realizing the truth via the "bad Africans" smothering the white media from doing it’s proper job; and as we know the BBC and CNN are the purveyors of truth and unbiased coverage around the world (insert :rolleyes: smiley).

    the worst aspect of this movie is the religious aspects; all the bad practices of conversion are shown. the actor who played the father might be a fine one, but the role is about "no food if no church attendance" and how he "sacrifices" himself for the people as a savior of them(:rolleyes:) smacks of religious zealousy and superiority-complex of the christian fundamentals.

    and the barffest at the end showing all the background "extraneous people" and crew who were actual rwanda tutsi was just plain revolting. if that ain’t exploitation i don’t know what is. of course they’re going to work on the film if it meant payment and publicity for themselves.

    you know why "hotel rwanda" was more widely accepted? it’s because it at least try to tell the story from an "African" perspective about a hutu who actually tries to save tutsis. for sure the hutus were evil in what they did, but at the same time don cheadle’s character actually balanced out the inhumanity. as i’m sure most of us don’t realize the reality of the hutu and tutsi situation before the genocide, but any rational person can’t believe that the hutus did what they did simply because they’re evil. at least "hotel rwanda" had a sort of balance that this film sorely lacks: it’s about the white savior complex of post-colonialism’s media imperialism.

  13. epa101
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    If you go to the end of this article http://www.ukwatch.net/article/britain_and_the_rwanda_genocide , Linda Melvern talks about why she doesn’t like this film. She’s written two books about the Rwandan genocide.

    I’ve seen this film twice. I didn’t notice the BBC in it, and didn’t know that the BBC was involved in making the film.

  14. skytra7
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    I’m just a simple person. I don’t have a great knowledge of politics and stuff. Like others, this film aroused so many emotoins.

    It also raised a question:

    If I am being assaulted in my home, I would expect a passer by to help me in one way or another by disregarding the usual boundaries that we set for our personal spaces. Why then did the UN sit back and watch the events in this country? To me the UN are just as responsible as the Hutus!!! They just watched. Sad.

  15. fanaticita
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    I hope I have the names right. . . there were two Hutus in the camp -a father (Francois) and his daughter (Marie). What side was Francois on? We see him at one point outside the camp, with a bloody machetti in his hand. Was that the same person? I’m a bit confused, sorry. Why were they in the Tutsi camp if they were Hutus?

  16. DeadPrezGirlie
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    I am a black American and i can’t help but wonder if i had been in that area at the time and tried to board the trucks with the white people if i would have been made to stay because i am brown like the people waiting for their slaughter.

    Because it was said that they were only there to pick up the "whites"

    that were not from there. But, what about black people that were not

    natives?

  17. DeadPrezGirlie
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    Why were the whites there anyway if they viewed those people as just Africans? Which apparently means that their lives are less valuable than other peoples.

    They didn’t help much at all anyway. I think for white people they just live there in Africa in doing those jobs to be able to pretend to themselves that they are making a difference and they enjoy the role of the hero of what they deem as black savages.

  18. sjudubbel
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    Even if I realize that the UN forces were ordered to evacuate the refugee camp (the school) it still seems very, very wrong that they executed those orders. Couldn’t they have replied to the very people giving them these orders that by leaving they were sending 2500 people to a CERTAIN an IMMIDEATE death?? You would think that the information these soldiers and reporters on scene had would be enough to open the eyes of the decision makers?? What if they would have simply refused to leave? Very dramatic of course, but it would be hard to find a situation where UN troops ever would be needed this much as they were at the camp. It all just seems absurd. I mean, western decision makers in this conflict should be bloody indicted for the crime of abandoning these people during a genocide!

    I am not very well educated in this matter, but for me it all seems very weird. What do you people think about this?

  19. sheen6992
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    In Europe, the title of this movie is "Shooting Dogs". I have chosen to do a Powerpoint Presentation on this title, and I was wondering if anyone can help. It is obviously referring to the shooting of the dogs who scavenged bodies, but I was wondering if anyone could think of any metaphorical meanings. Thanks for your help!

  20. Mmm_Vampires
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    So I guess I wasn’t paying attention but I didn’t know why/how Father Christopher (John Hurt’s character) knew Julius (the man who shot him)? Was he a member of his church or something? Thanks.

    Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess singin’ drunken lullabies

    -Flogging Molly

  21. thesiouxfallskid
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    On ebay I saw a Shooting Dogs listing region 2 saying "vanilla-edition". I dislike vanilla so where can I get the version that has it all?

  22. stefanrops
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    I’ve seen Hotel Rwanda, great movie. The horrors weren’t shown in this movie. How about this movie, Shooting Dogs? I’ve seen the trailer and saw a lot of killers armed with bats and knifes running at civilians. This might suggest there is shown violence in the movie but how much? Are there many scenes showing the horrible killings?

    I’m from Holland so please ignore my crappy English

  23. Anonymous
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  24. xparanormalityx
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    What happend between François and joe at the check point or gate?

  25. fukallmonkeys
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    Just seen the film and am still scratching my head. They call it the Rwandan genocide in the film but it must have been the tutsi genocide since both hutus and tutsis are Rwandan. Come to think of it the film also mentions that 800,000 people were murdered until Rwanda was "liberated". Now when Rwanda was "liberated" by the Tutsis, correct me if I am wrong, but didn´t the Tutsis massacre the Hutus in revenge? I mean the present Rwandan President, Kagame who is a Tutsi, only started another war in what was then Zaire causing over 2 million deaths. By the way Paul Rusesabagina the man that inspired Hotel Rwanda and lived through the conflict is quoted as demanding that President Kagame be put on trial for war crimes carried out by the Tutsis.

    I feel that those that win the wars write the history. The West backs the Tutsis (a support which started the civil war in the first place since the Belgians put the Tutsis in high government positions, funny the film doesn´t mention civil war) then and now, so both this film and Hotel Rwanda begin with the Tutsi coup and end with the Tutsi comeback. Remember that the same civil war happened in Burundi but there it was the Tutsis in government carring out genocide against the Hutus.

    I believe there is an interest in portraying Hutus as criminals while Tutsis are saviours in films nowadays. Am I wrong?

    Richard

  26. Willie-The-Wino
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    Shooting Dogs and Hotel Rwanda are both good films but for a different perspective on the Rwandan tragedy, see ‘Sometimes in April’, directed by Raoul Peck; I found it quite moving (as they all are, of course).

  27. ZacBaker
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    It appears that humankind is incapable of learning from tragic historcal genocide. We are unfortunately showing a propensity to repeat the same mistakes again and again regardless of how advanced science and technology become. It appears that science and technology allow us to just find more inventive ways of killing each other.

    The reasons vary for wars and genocide (Land, resources, religion, (un)civil war, factions and historical hostilities etc.) and alter but the outcomes always result in the same consequences; tragic. The film shows that we are no closer to understanding ourselves as humans than we ever were.

    The fact that the rest of the world turned a blind eye to this mass extermination is really a shameful blight on us all. If history has shown anything it is that it will inevitably repeat itself again in some other part of the world.

  28. sirmdc
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    Except for Hotel Rwanda which I’ve seen, and except for the ones i voted on allready – what other movies like this one are there that are good?

    ps; it doesnt have to be about Rwanda.

  29. sandrarobertsonjoy
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    I have been reading the criticisms of this movie on this board. I am really disturbed at the anti-religious tone of these posters. There are truly devoted and devout people who during times of turmoil stand firm and do the right thing. You must truly be cynical to bash this movie only because it involves a dedicated Catholic priest as the main character. The important message here is that in times of war and genocide — ordinary people have done extraordinary things. Don’t let your hostility to religion cloud your view of this film.

  30. southrules
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    This was in the early 90’s! We are still living in an insane world, obviously(Iraq, Bush administration) and we whine about such silly things such as small things. Put things into perspective and I’ll pay 50% taxes so that this kind of thing doesn’t happen in this country.

    "The only bad "f-word" is FCC."

    – Tom Morello

  31. guyramesh
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    i havent watch this movie ..

  32. Anonymous
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  33. writeyibo
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    This is what this film told me.

    and it is true.

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