Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children

Feature Length Documentary | 83’/ 58′

When you’ve been to hell and back, how do you shake the memories?

This question has haunted General Roméo Dallaire since 1994, when he was UN Force Commander during the Rwandan genocide, explored in our award-winning documentary Shake Hands with the Devil.

Dallaire has now found a reason to live: embarking on a mission to end the use of child soldiers.

Will Dallaire succeed where others have failed? Or will he once again be forced to look on as the world turns away?

Shot in DR Congo, Rwanda, and South Sudan, and across North America, our film will engage youth and adults alike, attracted by Dallaire’s magnetic personality.

Director: Patrick Reed
Executive Producers: Peter Raymont & Janice Dawe
Producers: Peter Raymont & Patrick Reed

Produced in association with TVOntario, Knowledge Network, Canal D, documentary channel, Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund and the OMDC Feature Film Fund.

Based in part on the book They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children by Lt. General Roméo Dallaire (Random House)
Worldwide Sales Agent: Films Transit International



“One of those rare things: an adult film in a world of childish portrayals of Africa.”

Ottawa Citizen

“The cause couldn’t be more urgent…The face of the cause couldn’t be more eloquent.”

The Globe and Mail


Chronicle Herald

“Very enjoyable, visually stunning and thoughtful. As in their recent collaboration, “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould”, Peter Raymont and Michele Hozer investigate a genius and the nature of his genius.”

The Vancouver International Film Festival



CBC Documentary Channel Broadcast
Friday, May 31st, 2019
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Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville, NS
Fundy Film Society
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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“New documentary with Romeo Dallaire examines life of child soldiers”, Nelson Wyatt, Times Colonist, June 5, 2013

“Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children: Roméo Dallaire and his fight to end the use of child soldiers”, Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail, May 17, 2013

“Roméo Dallaire’s Fight to Make Child Soldiers an Oxymoron”, Adam Moscoe, Huffington Post Blog, May 16, 2013

Senator Roméo Dallaire on CTV news, May 14, 2013

“Film explores Dallaire’s fight against use of child soldiers”, Andrea Nemetz, The Chronicle Herald, May 14, 2013

“ANYTHING BELOW DECADES IS A WASTE OF RATIONS”, Ian Smillie, Ottawa Citizen Blog, May 13, 2013

“Dallaire a voice for the children”, Ruane Remy, The Catholic Register, May 11, 2013


Why Roméo Dallaire stars in a documentary about child soldiers, Video from The Globe and Mail, May 1, 2013

“The Child Soldier Who Traded His Machete For a Pair of Scissors”, Patrick Reed, The Blog, Huffington Post, April 29, 2013

Mini reviews of this year’s Hot Docs films, Chris Knight, National Post, April 26, 2013

“Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children: Child soldiers as ‘weapon systems’”, Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail, April 25, 2013

“Soldiering On”, Patrick Reed on his new film with Romeo Dallaire, Open Canada, April 25, 2013

All TVO Doc Studio Blog Posts by Patrick Reed, Director of Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children

“Finding Your Voice”, TVO Doc Studio Blog Post by Patrick Reed, Director of Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children Friday, April 19th, 2013

“Where children are the killers”, Macleans, March 18, 2013

“Premiere Screening at IDFA”, TVO Doc Studio Blog Post by Patrick Reed, Director of Fight Like Soldiers Die Like Children, Thursday, December 12, 2012

Interview with Roméo Dallaire on L’Afrique en Action, RNW, November 2012