“Hotel Rwanda” was directed by Terry George and produced by Sam Bhembe and Roberto Cicutto. It was released into the United States on December 22, 2004, but it released elsewhere in the world throughout 2005. The three main stars of the movie were Don Cheadle, who plays Paul Rusesabagina the hotel manager, Sophie Okonedo, who plays Tatiana Rusesabagina, Paul’s wife, and Nick Nolte who plays Colonel Oliver, the United Nations peacekeeper. I watched this movie about a week ago on July 27th with a few of my friends who are also taking this course. The movie is not part of a series, but it is based on a true story. It is inspired by the novel An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina and Hotel Rwanda: Bringing the True Story of an African Hero to Film by Keir Pearson and Terry George. In Rwanda, there are two main ethnic groups, the Tutsis and the Hutus , who are constantly fighting for power and control of Rwanda. Genocide constantly cleanses Rwanda’s streets as people turn away in fear. Paul Rusesabagina is a hotel manager for the Hotel Des Mille Collines in Kigali, Rwanda. He being a Hutu helps his family and other people they know, most Tutsis like his wife, take refuge from the Hutu army in his hotel. Before they even reach the hotel, they get taken by the Hutus and Paul has to pay General Bizimungu one hundred thousand Francs to spare the lives of his Tutsi friends that first took shelter in their home and another ten thousand Francs for his wife and kids’ lives. As they try to settle the few amounts of people they have in the hotel already plus the current guests, the Red Cross and other Hutus and Tutsis arrive at the hotel taking refuge adding the total from one hundred to over eight hundred Rwandans. As the genocide increases, the Europeans staying at the hotel are flown out of Rwanda by the United Nations and sent back home to avoid the danger. Paul tries to get help from the Belgians and the French after the fighting grows, but the...
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