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  • Writer's pictureJack Hager

>"Beyond the Gates" – Not for Everyone


I just watched “Beyond the Gates,” a film depicting part of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. I’m still reacting. My chief feeling is amazement that God hasn’t zapped us all (yet).

The horrendous, callous, despicable slaughter is depicted (the film is rated “R” and should be) against the backdrop of a British priest and a British teacher who want to make a difference.

The film doesn’t sensationalize (how could it?). Virtually everything happens within the confines of a school/church that becomes a temporary sanctuary. It is almost two hours of tenseness.

A quotation from Elie Wiesel is shown at the films’ end. The italicized portion is the only part that appears in the film, I found the context thanks to google.

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” Elie Wiesel

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