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Given Don Cheadle’s headlining performance in Hotel Rwanda as Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager who saved some 1,200 people from the ethnic slaughter that erupted in his country in 1994, it’s understandable that the film’s supporting cast was often overlooked. In considerably less screen time, Nick Nolte made a smaller impression as a U.N. peacekeeper who couldn’t stop the bloodbath. But the man who inspired Nolte’s character, Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, turns out to be as unforgettable as Rusesabagina. Director Peter Raymont’s Shake Hands With the Devil takes its title from the sensation Dallaire felt when meeting leaders of the Hutu militia who planned the butchery of some 800,000 Rwandans. Returning to Rwanda for the horror’s 10th–anniversary commemoration, Dallaire visits a few survivors and shrines to the many victims, while Raymont cuts in harrowing footage that shows why Dallaire is still in shock. The film shows at 2 p.m. at the National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 357-4600. (Mark Jenkins)