Beyond the Gates is about how the outlook of two very different idealists is tested. Father Christopher (John Hurt) is a priest who tends to his followers at a school that serves as a United Nations outpost. Joe (Hugh Dancy) is a young teacher who is as playful as a child (and almost as naive). When the Hutu government begins targeting Tutsis for extermination, the school becomes their haven, and the humanism of Father Christopher and Joe is challenged.
Director Michael Caton-Jones doesn't go for obvious pathos or simple outrage. He approaches the picture's theme with a documentary realism that, scene by scene, heightens the drama. It may be tempting to criticize
Beyond the Gates
for being a story perceived through the eyes of Westerners, but it doesn't once diminish the tragedy of Rwandans. It's a tough-minded picture that doesn't spare anyone.
Cast: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Dominique Horvitz and Claire-Hope Ashitey
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Screenwriter: David Wolstencroft
Producer: David Belton, Pippa Cross and Jens Meurer
Rating: R for strong violence, disturbing images and language
Running time: 114 min.
Release date: March 9, 2007 ltd