About the Doc
When you’ve been to hell and back, how do you shake the memories? This has haunted Canadian General (ret’d) Roméo Dallaire since he was UN Commander during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, explored in the doc, "Shake Hands with the Devil," also by White Pine. Dallaire’s now on a new mission: ending the use of child soldiers. Will he succeed? Or will he once again be forced to look on as the world turns away? Shot in DR Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, and across North America with extraordinary stories with child soldiers.
Watch the trailer:
Behind-the-Scenes at the Voice Record Session with Child Soldier Michel Chikwaniner
Meet the Filmmaker
Over the past decade, Patrick Reed has collaborated on several award-winning documentaries for White Pine Pictures. Many of Reed’s films explore human rights issues, following compelling characters as they struggle with the past and present. Reed researched and produced "Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire," which won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance 2006, and Best Documentary Emmy in 2007. Also that year, Reed produced "Tar Sands: The Selling of Canada," which offers an indepth look at Fort McMurray, Alberta, a boomtown where the streets are literally drenched in oil. He followed this with a second CBC doc, "Pets on Prozac" on the growing phenomenon of pet pharmaceuticals. His film, "Triage" followed Dr. James Orbinski back to Somalia and Rwanda where he was at the centre of far too many life and death decisions during those countries’ years of war. Reed also directed "Tsepong: A Clinic Called Hope" a cinema vérité chronicle of the work of doctors and nurses fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Lesotho, Africa. Reed’s recently completed feature documentary, "The Team" following the making of a soap opera in Kenya designed to bridge ethnic divides—had its world premiere at IDFA in 2010, as part of the prestigious Feature-Length Competition program. Over a decade ago, Patrick Reed left a PhD program in History (with a focus on genocide studies) to work exclusively on documentaries, first as a writer/researcher, now as a producer/director.
Follow the filmmakers' journey as they craft this documentary on child soldiers.
Read Patrick Reed's blogs:
- On Roméo Dallaire's Resignation from the Senate
- Child Soldier Day
- The Perils of Shooting in Africa.
- Premiere Screening at IDFA
- Child Soldier Survivor
Feature Length Interview with child soldier: Ishmael Beah