History Film / HotelRwanda

21st Dec '15 1:35:41 PM j21
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--> '''Jack''': I'm only allowed to leave four soldiers stationed here, Paul. And they're not allowed to shoot.

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--> '''Jack''': '''Col. Oliver''': I'm only allowed to leave four soldiers stationed here, Paul. And they're not allowed to shoot.
21st Dec '15 1:34:42 PM j21
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Nick Nolte plays a CaptainErsatz Canadian colonel named Oliver, rather than the real-life [[Literature/ShakeHandsWithTheDevil General Roméo Dallaire]] who was the Force Commander for UNAMIR. Whether this was to avoid historical inaccuracies or because he didn't want to [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent bother with a Québécois accent]] isn't clear.
21st Dec '15 1:25:33 PM j21
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** Though not addressed by the film, Rusesabagina is in fact half-Tutsi himself, meaning that he was at even greater personal risk than implied, plus his children were technically 3/4 Tutsi.


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** See also TheThemeParkVersion below.


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* TheThemeParkVersion: in-universe. Paul's associate explains the distinction between Hutu and Tutsi as having basically just been an invention of the Belgians during [[UsefulNotes/{{Rwanda}} the colonial period]]. However, the reality is more complex than that, as pre-existing notions of Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups did exist, and theories abound concerning migration patterns of the Tutsi and where they may have come from centuries earlier. However, the cultures and bloodlines are so mixed in Rwanda as to make the black-and-white distinction used by the Interahamwe [[FalseDichotomy quite false]].
27th Nov '15 5:49:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: The UN refused to call it a genocide, despite obvious evidence that the Tutsi population was being massacred[[note]]More people were killed faster in Rwanda than in World War 2: 1,174,000 dead in 100 days, 10,000 murdered every day, 400 every hour, ''7 every minute''[[/note]]. Definitely a cowardly form of LoopholeAbuse.
** The InsistentTerminology on the part of the US government, the UN, etc. was a lot more cynical than it seems on face. International law on genocide requires all parties to intervene to prevent or punish genocide. If they called it genocide, they'd have to do something about it.
*** Sadly, the UN is still screwing over Rwanda: after finally admitting that genocide had taken place, their International War Crimes Tribunal has only tried 10 people in 18 years.
**** Doubles as a TakeThat moment when a refugee angrily shuts off the radio as UN officials continue to bullshit the issue as the question of genocide is discussed. Paul's disgust really sums up the utter callousness of the UN through the crisis.

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* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: The UN refused to call it a genocide, despite obvious evidence that the Tutsi population was being massacred[[note]]More people were killed faster in Rwanda than in World War 2: 1,174,000 dead in 100 days, 10,000 murdered every day, 400 every hour, ''7 every minute''[[/note]]. Definitely a cowardly form of LoopholeAbuse.
** The InsistentTerminology on the part of the US government, the UN, etc. was a lot more cynical than it seems on face. International law on genocide requires all parties to intervene to prevent or punish genocide. If they called it genocide, they'd have to do something about it.
*** Sadly, the UN is still screwing over Rwanda: after finally admitting that genocide had taken place, their International War Crimes Tribunal has only tried 10 people in 18 years.
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Doubles as a TakeThat moment when a refugee angrily shuts off the radio as UN officials continue to bullshit the issue as the question of genocide is discussed. Paul's disgust really sums up the utter callousness of the UN through the crisis.
27th Nov '15 5:47:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* EarnYourHappyEnding: And how!
** Rather more subverted in real life, as even though Paul did everything in his power, Tatiana's mother, father, four nieces and nephews, '''and''' four of Paul's own brothers and sisters were brutally slaughtered. Tatiana's father had to ''pay'' the soldiers to shoot him instead of slowly lopping off his limbs one at a time. And even after the genocide, Paul's actions earned him so many death threats that he was forced to move to Belgium with his family.
27th Nov '15 5:46:34 AM Morgenthaler
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** At one point [[spoiler: Paul and Tatiana find their young son cowering in the yard covered in blood, having slipped out of the house to see if one of his friends was okay. Their terror is plain, even when it turns out he is not wounded.]]



* BigBadFriend: Rutaganda is this to Paul.

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* %%* BigBadFriend: Rutaganda is this to Paul.



* GuileHero: Paul.
* HappilyMarried: Paul and Tatiana.
* HeroicBSOD: Paul has one shortly after [[spoiler: driving on a road covered with hundreds of mutilated corpses.]] It's the first moment when he's alone after the genocide begins.

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* %%* GuileHero: Paul.
* %%* HappilyMarried: Paul and Tatiana.
* HeroicBSOD: HeroicBSOD:
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Paul has one shortly after [[spoiler: driving on a road covered with hundreds of mutilated corpses.]] It's the first moment when he's alone after the genocide begins.



*** In RealLife, apparently many UNAMIR soldiers had this. After finding out that they were ordered to withdraw, they would burn their caps in shame[[note]]While he doesn't talk about it much in his book about the genocide, General Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian general in charge of the peacekeeping force at the time, tried to kill himself at least once, possibly as many as 3 times, as a result of the inhumanity he saw in Rwanda, and he lays the blame squarely on the UN (specifically the French and the Americans) for not only refusing to act, but actively ''preventing'' his forces from stopping the genocide[[/note]].



** Although his denial could just simply be BlatantLies and he could have just simply led massacres off screen.



* HopeSpot: Several.

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* %%* HopeSpot: Several.



* IronicEcho: And a particularly brutal one at that.

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* IronicEcho: IronicEcho:
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And a particularly brutal one at that.



** Many other survivors of the genocide have agreed with him about the violence being much worse in RealLife.
*** For starters, the vast amount of war rapes were only indicated, and they never showed how the militia used to mutilate people. The movie probably would have had a very different rating if they'd shown anything more than the tip of the iceberg.



* ScaryBlackMan: George Rutaganda and many members of the Interahamwe.

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* %%* ScaryBlackMan: George Rutaganda and many members of the Interahamwe.
25th Nov '15 12:32:41 PM redandready45
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* BigBadFriend: Rutaganda is this to Paul.
18th Oct '15 7:19:31 PM _____________
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* {{Determinator}}: Paul does absolutely everything in his power and then some to guarantee the survival of his family and the other refugees.



* {{Determinator}}: Paul does absolutely everything in his power and then some to guarantee the survival of his family and the other refugees.



*** In Real Life, apparently many UNAMIR soldiers had this. After finding out that they were ordered to withdraw, they would burn their caps in shame[[note]]While he doesn't talk about it much in his book about the genocide, General Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian general in charge of the peacekeeping force at the time, tried to kill himself at least once, possibly as many as 3 times, as a result of the inhumanity he saw in Rwanda, and he lays the blame squarely on the UN (specifically the French and the Americans) for not only refusing to act, but actively ''preventing'' his forces from stopping the genocide[[/note]].

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*** In Real Life, RealLife, apparently many UNAMIR soldiers had this. After finding out that they were ordered to withdraw, they would burn their caps in shame[[note]]While he doesn't talk about it much in his book about the genocide, General Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian general in charge of the peacekeeping force at the time, tried to kill himself at least once, possibly as many as 3 times, as a result of the inhumanity he saw in Rwanda, and he lays the blame squarely on the UN (specifically the French and the Americans) for not only refusing to act, but actively ''preventing'' his forces from stopping the genocide[[/note]].



* InMemoriam: To the nearly one million Tutsis and Hutus slain throughout the genocide.
9th Oct '15 11:39:09 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* InMemoriam: To the nearly one million Tutsis and Hutus slain throughout the genocide.
5th Oct '15 9:34:12 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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**** Doubles as a TakeThat moment when a refugee angrily shuts off the radio as UN officials continue to bullshit the issue as the question of genocide is discussed. Paul's disgust really sums up the utter callousness of the UN through the crisis.
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