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 between the two groups have reached a stalemate, and the Hutus begin… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

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"This is a spiritual drama, not a political one, drawing a thick line between our good intentions and the selfish choices we ultimately make."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"There's little respite from the terrible history that this film retells just a determination (made stronger by the faces we see after the credits) to tell it, to be sure that history doesn't forget."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Beyond the Gates takes an unflinching look at the start of the Rwandan genocide."
‑ Christian Toto, Washington Times
"An intense and gripping drama that makes you realize that this page in Rwandan history deserves to be told more than once, lest history forget."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A compelling drama about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the moral heroism of a compassionate priest."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Though less reassuring and not as dramatically coherent as Hotel Rwanda, it still packs a hard punch."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A gripping fictionalized account of a 1994 incident in Rwanda that became a shocking emblem of the Rwandan Hutus' mass slaughter of the Tutsis."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It simply presents, and assumes that we have the inherent morality to understand that what we are watching is evil."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Make sure you sit through the credits to learn about the victims who survived and worked on this film ---- extraordinary!"
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"A gripping, terrifying, profoundly touching human drama that's definitely worth seeing."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Movies about Africa often fall into this trap. Righteous indignation is the exclusive province of non-Africans."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"By keeping most of the action contained to the school grounds and immediate environs, director Michael Caton-Jones creates a claustrophobic atmosphere where fear can fester."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film grinds inexorably toward its unsurprising and terrible conclusion with infinite grace but no real suspense."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"The film chronicles man's inhumanity to man during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, (where) selflessness and selfishness stand side by side ----"
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"Instead of the latest major studio flummery, do yourself a favor and see this brilliant, low-budget independent masterpiece, one that educates as well as entertains."
‑ Tony Medley,
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