Hotel Rwanda Essay

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Chasity Baker American History “Hotel Rwanda” Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 historical film about the Paul Rusesabagina played by Don Cheadle during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Hotel Rwanda is a very disturbing film, and yet a very hopeful one as well, how a single human being can demonstrate an individual’s willingness to make a stand that can make a huge difference in the lives of many of his fellows. It is also an extremely powerful film, capable of inducing nightmares in those who watch it, as the horrific events depicted therein actually took place in the African country of Rwanda during the year 1994. Tensions between the Hutu and Tutsi Peoples lead to a war in Rwanda, where corruption and bribes between politicians were routine. Paul Rusesabagina, played by Don Cheadle, the manager of the Sabena Hôtel des Mille Colline is Hutu, but his wife Tatiana Sophie Okonedo, is Tutsi. His marriage is a source of friction with Hutu extremists. As the political situation in the country worsens, Paul and his family observe neighbors being killed in ethnic violence. Paul curries favor with people of influence, bribing them with money and alcohol, seeking to maintain sufficient influence to keep his family safe. When civil war erupts and a Rwandan Army officer threatens Paul and his neighbors, Paul barely negotiates their safety, and brings everyone to the hotel. More refugees come to the hotel from the overburdened United Nations camp, the Red Cross, and orphanages. Paul must divert the Hutu soldiers, care for the refugees, be a source of strength to his family, and maintain the appearance of a functioning high-class hotel, as the situation becomes more violent. Hotel Rwanda is the most inspirational film, about hope within a troubled society, still at peace, but it gradually shifts it to a dark tone as the movie goes

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