FIGHT LIKE SOLDIERS DIE LIKE CHILDREN
(Patrick Reed, Canada). 83 minutes. Rating: NNN Nine years after the release of Shake Hands With The Devil, Peter Raymont and Patrick Reed catch up with Roméo Dallaire on his current African mission, working with NGOs trying to rehabilitate former child soldiers who’ve experienced horrors beyond their years.
Dallaire is a charismatic and open subject, and the cause is certainly noble, but this is a fairly bythe-numbers documentary that does little to deepen our understanding of Dallaire or the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where most of the film takes place.
There’s also the regrettable decision to illustrate the experiences of a composite child soldier with animated sequences that feel simultaneously naive and condescending. NW Apr 27, 5 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema; Apr 29, 2 pm, Hart House Theatre; May 5, 5: 30 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2.