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Beyond the Gates


Michael Caton-Jones

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About the Movie

In April 1994, a secondary school in Kigali, Rwanda called the Ecole Technique Officielle (ETO), being used as a UN army base, became a refugee camp. Belgian UN troops, school children, NGO workers and over 2,500 Tutsi citizens and their sympathizers took refuge against a raging genocide while the Hutu militia, clad with machetes, clamored outside the school gates. Five days later, the UN troops withdrew from the school, taking the whites with them. Within hours, almost all of the Rwandans were dead. Beyond The Gates is about the choices we make when we are free to choose. In the tragic circumstances of the Ecole Technique Officielle, would you have left with the UN troops on the fifth day or would you have stayed?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Though less reassuring and not as dramatically coherent as Hotel Rwanda, it still packs a hard punch. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Tense and gut-wrenching, Beyond the Gates is a horrifying story told with grace and compassion. – Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The greatest failure of the film is its inability to enter into the lives of the Rwandans, Tutsi and Hutu alike. – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Its a great movie

The whole world turn their backs from Rwanda and you can make a difference, take the chance don't follow the crowd

Beyond the gates

this film shows how agonizing it can be to follow your conscience in order to do the right thing.It should be viewed by all who feel that they would know how they would respond in a distressing situation.very moving film.

Shooting Dogs

If you want to this movie.
....I saw it when it came to Indy for a film festival...was called "shooting dogs," a more fitting title I think

Beyond the Gates
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  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2006

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