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Beyond the Gates (Shooting Dogs) (Dario Marianelli)

Original score from the 2005 history drama feature film directed by Michael Caton-Jones, starring John Hurt, Hugh Dancy and Dominique Horwitz.

THE STORY: A Catholic Priest and an English teacher get stranded in a school in Kigali during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

THE SCORE: Beyond the Gates, starring Oscar nominated actor John Hurt, Hugh Dancy and Dominique Horwitz, is veteran director Michael Caton-Jones’ very strong film about the horrendous genocide in Rwanda in 1994, where 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. Composer Dario Marianelli, who is no stranger to the genre having scored Michael Winterbottom’s much acclaimed In This World in 2002, says that the music had to connect with the story in “a very direct and truthful way”. While doing research for the score, Marianelli discovered that at the time of the genocide a lot of Tutsis were listening to the songs of Cecile Kayirebwa, who had become the voice of their plight. “The power of the images, and of the truth behind them, was crying for something simple and direct, and I thought that if I could find the right kind of woman’s voice, it could have a very direct emotional impact,” Dario Marianelli explains. The voice of Cecile Kayirebwa was the “hook” needed as to anchor the score in the real suffering of the period.

MMS07010  BEYOND THE GATES (Shooting Dogs) (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by DARIO MARIANELLI
Release date: October 9, 2007

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