The movie, The Last Just Man, 2000, is a film that was directed by Steven Silver. The movie focuses on offering the account of the genocide that occurred in Rwanda in the year 1994. In this movie, the Lt. Gen. Romeo Dalaire, who was the chief officer of U.N. peacekeeping missions in Rwanda during the genocide explains his effort of mediating in that nation’s civil war and ensuing genocide.
I watched this movie on April 17, 2017, in the university hall. The main motivation of watching this movie was my desire to understand more about the international relations. My feeling before watching the film was that the intervention of the international community could help in preventing war.
The Last Just Man is an implausible documentary, which tells the horrific story relating to the genocide that took place in Rwanda in the year 1994. The story of the genocide is told through Dallaire who was in the country as leaders of the UN squad involved in peacemaking mission. The genocide was between the two ethnic groups namely Hutus and Tutsi, where the later were the minority group and involved mainly in farming. During the genocide, about 800,000 Tutsis were killed by being slaughtered by Hutus using machetes. Tutsis underwent indescribable suffering to the extent that they paid Hutus so that they could be shot instead of being slaughtered (Defraeye 84).
Romeo Dallaire is remembered as the real-life leader who attempted to prevent this genocide, which was considered to be worse than the Holocaust, due to the number of people who lost their lives in Rwanda. The documentary shows hard times that Dallaire experienced, when trying to stop this calamity, because of lack of support from Belgium and UN troops. The documentary tells a story of the atrocities that happened in Rwanda, which people need to know. The only bright side in the documentary is highlighted at the end, where it is indicated that majority of the Hutu leaders were prosecuted as war convicts (Defraeye 93).
The Last Just Man relates directly with what was learned in class because it focuses on matters relating to international relations. The effort of Romeo Dallaire in trying to stop the war indicates the importance of leaders in international matters like war. Dallaire only required support from leaders in different countries so as to make a more significant impact in Rwanda to prevent the war from taking place. Being the leader of UN peacekeeping mission group in Rwanda, Dallaire understood the importance preventing the war rather than seeking peace after the war has already happened.
The documentary also highlights the issue of international relations through the UN peacekeeping squad. The deployment of UN peacekeeping troop in Rwanda to stop the war indicates that the international bodies like United Nations value the wellbeing of people in different parts of the world. The main of UN peacekeeping troop was to ensure that war was stopped and peace was restored. The deployment of UN peacekeeping troop indicated the willingness of the international community to ensure peace in Rwandan through an organized manner.
The other aspect of international relations highlighted in the documentary relates to the lack of support from UN and Belgian troops to Dallaire. If Dallaire were offered the required stop, it would have been easy to stop the war. This indicates the importance of quick response of the international community to preventing war, which would in turns help in saving many lives.
Defraeye, P. (2016). The Rwandan Genocide in Film, and a Sunday in Kigali: Watching with a Pierced Eye. Imaginations ARCHIVES, 4(1), 82-105.