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Synopsis:

Joe Connor (Hugh Dancy) has come to teach in Rwanda because he believes he can make a difference. When the school becomes a haven for thousands of Rwandans fleeing the genocide, Joe promises his brightest pupil, Marie (Claire-Hope Ashitey), that the UN soldiers will protect her from the hordes of extremist militia baying for blood outside the school. But when the UN abandons the refugees, Joe and the school's headmaster, Father Christopher (John Hurt), face an agonizing dilemma: should they leave or should they stand firm with the Rwandans. As the UN trucks force their way through the terrified refugees, Joe stares at the tear stained face of Marie: what should he do?

Beyond the Gates, the critically acclaimed independent film and winner of the Heartland Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award arrives on DVD September 18 from Fox Home Entertainment. Garnering accolades from audiences and critics alike, Beyond the Gates (formerly called Shooting Dogs) was also recognized by the Vatican as a film with outstanding cinematic achievement. "A more stylish, authentic, tougher-minded film than Hotel Rwanda" (Variety), the poignant and moving story, based on true events, examines faith and personal responsibility when surrounded by the horror of genocide. "Brutally honest and emotionally raw" (Los Angeles Times), Oscar nominee John Hurt (Best Supporting Actor, Midnight Express; Best Actor, Elephant Man) and Hugh Dancy (Black Hawk Down) give powerful performances as a Catholic priest and an idealistic young teacher who find themselves caught in a literal and spiritual crisis during the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

They have to choose whether to stay with the thousands of Tutsis seeking refuge in their school, or to flee to safety via the "whites-only" U. N. rescue operation. Shot on the same locations where the depicted massacre took place, the producers also included crew who themselves were survivors of the atrocities that took place in Rwanda. The film from director Michael Caton-Jones (City by the Sea) was an official selection at both the Toronto and London Film Festivals and nominated for three BAFTA Awards, Best Director, Best Achievement in Production and the Carl Foreman Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Producer, David Belton.

Beyond the Gates will be available to own for the suggested retail price of $27.98 US. Prebook is August 22, 2007.

DVD Features:

- Commentaries with the director, producer and writers

- "The Making of Shooting Dogs Featurette

- "Filmmaker's Diaries" Featurette

- International Rescue Committee PSA - "Ways To Get Involved: the International Rescue Committee's Efforts with War-Torn Communities and Uprooted People"

Technical Specs:

- U.S. Rating: R

- Total Run Time: 115 minutes

- CC: Yes

- Audio: English Dolby 5.1

- Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

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Evan Jacobs