Kerrie Mitchell
October 01, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Beyond the Gates

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
111 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/09/07
performer
Hugh Dancy, John Hurt
director
Michael Caton-Jones
author
David Wolstencroft
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

In his commentary, director Michael Caton-Jones compares the relentless pace of his devastating Rwandan genocide drama to the sinking of the Titanic. The analogy proves apt as the film vividly recounts the country’s 1994 plunge into chaos. Based on true events, Beyond the Gates follows a priest (a magnificent John Hurt) and a teacher (Hugh Dancy) whose school becomes a haven for Tutsi fleeing the massacre. EXTRAS There’s also a compelling commentary with producer David Belton, an ex-BBC cameraman whose experiences informed some of Gates‘ more horrifying scenes. B+

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