Video Reflection: Hotel Rwanda

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Video Reflection: Hotel Rwanda For my case study I chose to watch the movie Hotel Rwanda. Hotel Rwanda tells the story of Paul Rusesabagina, he is a Hutu hotel manager married to a Tutsi woman during a time of civil war in Rwanda. As the movie unfolds the root of the tensions are exposed. You find out that the when the Belgium's occupied Rwanda they divided the people into two groups, Hutu and Tutsi, the did the separation based on height, skin color, and the width of their noses. 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. As the war unfolded Paul began to take in refugees at the hotel after he and his family and neighbors witnessed Hutu militia taking people out of their homes and killing them in his neighborhood. As the violence increases more people began seeking refuge at this hotel because the UN's refugee camps are full and they are seemingly too far away to make in there safely. During this time Paul is trying to maintain the appearance of this high-class hotel while attempting to ward off the Hutu militia with bribes and distraction, all while taking care of his family. In my opinion the most prominent ethnocentrism when the European allies came to rescue all of the westerners in Rwanda. Hundreds of thousands of people dying didn't seem to be enough to cause them to act. It was almost as if they thought ignoring it would make it go away. They took on a mindset that seemed to say "It's not happening to my people, so its not my

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