Cheadle’s convincing portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina in his desperate and problematic situation carries the film to its conclusion very well. The Tutsis (whom the Hutus call cockroaches) are of higher social status than the Hutus this inferior social status of the Hutus was forcibly fixed ' by the Hutus themselves in an eruption of massive slaughter. In a very short time (100 days) about a million people, both Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered by extremist Hutus. The movie adequately portrays the horror, the torment, and the despair experienced by the persecuted people of Rwanda, but fails to adequately address why the violence and genocide occurred in the first place. There is only a brief explanation about the origins of the Hutu-Tutsi conflict in the movie.
Frederick William shared this view and was unwilling to potentially cause a war with such a powerful state. This caused the Frankfurt Parliament to fail because Prussia did not grasp the opportunity to unite and neither did the King, therefore Germany remained divided. Although he desired power, William IV was not willing to put himself and Prussia under control of the Frankfurt Parliament as he distrusted ‘the gentlemen of Frankfurt’. This meant that the Parliament had no real leader, and so lost support because people distrusted the parliament as an influential figure stated he would not be associated with them. This aided in causing the failure of the Parliament because with no real leader, no one could influence the masses or help to make decisions.
In the dug-out just above me a poor chap is lying very ill but has asked me to say nothing to the medical officer as he does not want to get sent away in the middle of the fun, as he calls it. Of such stuff are soldiers made – I think if I were in his place I’d be glad of an excuse to get out of this Hell, though I don’t think I should ever have forgiven myself if I had not come. I hear that to-morrow we are going to make a charge – the Turks are cutting our supplies off; the situation is severely critical. To read this in a newspaper makes an item of passing interest; to experience it is something quite different – if we are up against it, please God I may die in the same spirit that I know my comrades will display, for they know not
The Tutsi's were given power while under Belgium occupation. However, once the Belgium's left, power was given to the Hutu's creating civil unrest. The civil war that led to this genocide began with a peace treaty between Tutsi rebels and the Hutu president. The treaty was signed but the president was then murdered and the Hutu's responded by killing over a million Tutsi civilians. During this time Paul was the manager of the Sabena Hotel des Mille Collines.
This was a huge failure because the English army ended up falling apart due to a lack of supplies and had to return home with nothing being achieved. Another reason pointing towards a lack of resources being to blame for Henry’s foreign policy being a failure is shown in source 4. The source says, ‘The young warrior finally accepted the fact that royal finances could not support a repetition of the campaign of 1513.’ This statement suggests that even Henry knew himself that he was unable to defeat the other countries on his own because he
In the Holocaust, there were 5.59-5.86 million and in the Rwanda Genocide there were 800,000 and 1,000,000 which could be as high as 20% of their population. In the book Night, there was a scene that showed the mass killings that the Nazis’ committed, they shoved all of the people in death camps and lined them up and killed them. In Hotel Rwanda they lined them up and killed them. Another similarity that they share is the cruelty and the heartlessness that they have. Even when the children were begging to have mercy, they still killed them.
The fact that Paul regresses and starts counting his steps, which shows before entering the war he was carefree and wasn’t used to fear, explains how the violent war poses such inherent effects on Paul’s mind by turning him from such a carefree, to a fearful person. Paul also turned into a mad person temporarily when one of the other soldiers named Toby mentioned Billy Boy’s death. As a result of trying to fight fear and stress, Paul reacts in such a psychological way by laughing involuntarily, which shows he became mad (page 136). Using these
Hotel Rawanda Reflection – How does this movie relate to International Law This movie felt with the very sensitive topic of Genocide. I thought that this specific case of Genocide was especially brutal due to the manner in which the slaughter occurred. It was truthfully enlightening to see these young men hacking each other with machetes. Murder like that here would land someone life in jail, in Rwanda they were praised and encouraged to continue killing. International Law relates to this movie because un the definition it is suppost to attempt to regulate situations in which activity in one state cause damage to its citizens.
He trusts the UN organization and trusts American and British forces. However he loses hope when he realizes international forces are there to save foreign citizens and diplomats but not Hutus or Tutsis. The rest of the world strangely ignored the massacre even though the Rwanda government asked other countries for help or military support. The international community did not interfere in the conflict and choose to ignore the massacre of Hutu’s and Tutsis. Several western governments especially the Belgian, French and US governments aided in the cover-up.
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.