"Shake Hands With the Devil," the documentary based on Lt. Gen. RomÃ©o Dallaire‘s book of the same name, arrives in Los Angeles this week. In the LA Times, Nancy Ramsey interviews the director, Peter Raymont, who was in Ireland at the time of the Rwandan genocide, there with his family after receiving threats in his homeland of Canada after making a documentary about neo-Nazis recruiting high school kids. The events stayed with him, until, returning home, he "realized that the film to make as a Canadian would be a film on Gen. Dallaire."
Dallaire, who had been stationed in Rwanda as general of the UN peacekeeping force, but forbidden to intervene as the atrocities occurred all around him, repeatedly tried to draw international attention to what was happening. When Raymont tried to contact him initially, Dallaire was unavailable, away undergoing psychiatric treatment for post-traumatic stress.