Hotel Rwanda Essay

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The deep rooted hatred between Hutus and Tutsis began with status within a monarchy. Tutsis generally were “kings” or “nobles”, while Hutus took on the surf like roll, as they were the majority. When Belgium gained control of Rwanda in 1919 after the Treaty of Versailles, they furthered the tension between the classes by issuing racial identification cards, giving preference to Tutsis in positions of education, politics, and business. From April 6, 1994 through mid July 1994 roughly one million civilians were massacred as a result of the Rwandan civil war between the Hutus and the Tutsis. Hutu extremists slaughtered Tutsis and any Hutus that stood in the way. As the massacre continued, the UN/US/France/Belgium refused to aid Rwanda. The US decided that because it was a civil war, it was in everyone’s best interest to remain neutral. Although Terry George’s film, Hotel Rwanda fails to provide a clear distinction between the two “”racial groups” Tutsis and Hutus, it gives an accurate depiction of the complete absurdity of the genocide. There is little background given about the two groups to show how insignificant the differences were. When asked about his film, George states “When the film ventures outside into Kigali during the genocide, we tried to create this bizarre, surreal atmosphere, to let viewers feel the psychological terror of the genocide without going close on the slaughter.” Throughout the film, the viewer hears a taste of what many Rwandan citizens would hear every day. The amount of propaganda thrown in their faces over the radio about the “evil cockroach Tutsis” was incredible. Hearing recreations of this in the film shows just how intense the hatred between the groups was. The use of Jack, an American cameraman on assignment further shows how people were unwilling to give aid to Rwanda. Jack constantly tries to understand the atrocities going
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