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BEYOND THE GATES-- Takes You BEYOND Your World to One of Tribal Warfare.. LA STORY MOVIE REVIEW


“Beyond the Gates” is both a compelling—and repellant—depiction of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda in 1994.  In contrast to the highly acclaimed “Hotel Rwanda” which deals with the same subject. Beyond the Gates does not tell the story of the heroic actions of an individual but rather of the cowardice and apathy of nations—and the United Nations specifically.


The story takes place at a school in Kigali, Rwanda called Ecole Technique Officelle (ETO), which was also being used as a U.N. Army base.  When a Hutu uprising in April 1994 upsets the tenuous peace being “monitored” by the U.N. forces, over 2,500 Tutsi take refuge within the gates of the ETO.  Five days later, U.N. forces withdrew taking the white refugees with them and leaving the Tutsi to be hacked by machetes by the hordes of Hutu waiting just outside the gates.

There is a great review by Stella Louise on the LA STORY BLOG with more information and how this relates to current events and other current films like Hotel Rwanda, Blood Diamonds and others.
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Stevie Wilson

March 5, 2007 in Afro Love, Blog Report, Books and Literature, Downtown Doll, Fancy Flirt, Fashiontribes 911, Fashiontribes Files, From the heart, Global Chic, Man on the Street, Pop Culture, Rock Punk, Theater, Weblogs | Permalink


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