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Hotel Rwanda

  • September 4, 2008
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Over the years, ethnic conflict has become one of the problems in many ethnically heterogeneous countries. These problems between ethnic groups in a particular country can intensify and will lead to a bigger chaos, such as genocide. Such a thing happened in Rwanda in 1994, when a massacre took place. The incident itself has been a popular topic for books and articles and also films. One particular film that represents the Rwanda incident is “Hotel Rwanda”. That film will be reviewed in this essay in relation to the Rwanda genocide, and the way “Hotel Rwanda” gives a picture of how the incident happened will be looked at as well. Hotel Rwanda is set in Kigali when there was a chaos in 1994 between the two ethnic groups in Rwanda, Hutu and Tutsi. The story itself centers on Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a manager of an extravagant Des Mille Collines hotel in Kigali. The problem between the two ethnic groups arises when the Hutu extremists set out a plan to eradicate all the Tutsis in Kigali. The Hutu extremists even propagate the message that all Tutsis are worth nothing and calling them “cockroaches” through a radio station. The atrocities escalate when some of the Tutsi rebels murdered the President of Rwanda. Since then, the Hutu extremists became more violent toward the Tutsis and began their genocide of the Tutsis. After that, Paul has to do everything that he can to protect his family. Paul himself is a Hutu, however, his wife, Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo) is a Tutsi. Although in the beginning Paul only wanted to protect his wife and his three children, his conscience made him protect his Tutsi friends and neighbors as well. He bribed the militia to spare his family and his neighbors lives and brought them all to Des Mille Collines hotel. During the atrocities, instead of helping, all of the United Nations officials are called back and the European guests and staffs are being evacuated from Rwanda. Rwanda was left to solve its problem without any help. This...