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Shooting Dogs (Beyond the Gates)

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Original title
Shooting Dogs (Beyond the Gates)
Running time
115 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
David Wolstencroft (Story: Richard Alwyn, David Belton)
Dario Marianelli
Ivan Strasburg
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Co-production United Kingdom-Germany; BBC Films / UK Film Council / Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen / ARTE / CrossDay Productions Ltd / Egoli Tossell Film / Invicta Capital
Drama | 1990s. Africa. Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
JOE CONNOR (Hugh Dancy), charismatic and idealistic, is a young man taking a year out. While his friends are backpacking around India or lying on a beach in Thailand, Joe has chosen a "real" experience - teaching in a Rwandan school. He is looking forward to stunning his mates with tales of adventure and life at the sharp end. His enthusiasm for Africa makes him popular with the pupils. To Francois, the school groundsman, Joe is a real friend.

The school is headed by Father CHRISTOPHER (John Hurt) an English Roman Catholic priest. Christopher has spent nearly all his working life in Africa. The cycles of violence that he has witnessed over the years, throughout the continent, have made the struggle to keep his faith alive increasingly hard. Now he is wearier than ever, fearing for Rwanda as it sinks deeper and deeper into a mire of ethnic hatred and political corruption.

Every evening Joe is on the running track coaching MARIE (Claire-Hope Ashitey), a young Tutsi girl. She is an exceptional talent and Joe sees her as a shining example of a brighter future. But in the Rwanda of April 1994 ethnic tension between Tutsis and Hutus erupts into genocide. Joe's world is turned upside down.
2005: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Outstanding Debut by a Briths Writer, Director or Producer
2006: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best Director
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