History Film / HotelRwanda

28th Apr '17 7:56:05 PM Mdumas43073
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''Hotel Rwanda'' is a 2004 historical drama directed by Terry George that is sometimes referred to as an African ''Film/SchindlersList'', with good reason. It tells the true story of Paul Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle) during the Rwandan genocide. Paul was a successful Hutu businessman who managed the five-star Hôtel des Mille Collines, and hid and protected refugees there.

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''Hotel Rwanda'' is a 2004 historical drama directed by Terry George that is sometimes referred to as an African ''Film/SchindlersList'', with good reason. It tells the true story of Paul Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle) (Creator/DonCheadle) during the Rwandan genocide. Paul was a successful Hutu businessman who managed the five-star Hôtel des Mille Collines, and hid and protected refugees there.
28th Apr '17 7:55:32 PM Mdumas43073
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''Hotel Rwanda'' is a 2004 historical drama sometimes referred to as an African ''Film/SchindlersList'', with good reason. It tells the true story of Paul Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle) during the Rwandan genocide. Paul was a successful Hutu businessman who managed the five-star Hôtel des Mille Collines, and hid and protected refugees there.

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''Hotel Rwanda'' is a 2004 historical drama directed by Terry George that is sometimes referred to as an African ''Film/SchindlersList'', with good reason. It tells the true story of Paul Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle) during the Rwandan genocide. Paul was a successful Hutu businessman who managed the five-star Hôtel des Mille Collines, and hid and protected refugees there.
28th Apr '17 7:54:21 PM Mdumas43073
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10th Apr '17 2:03:12 PM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: One of Paul's hotel employees is a virulent Hutu partisan who [[spoiler:tells the militia about the location of the Tutsi refugees.]]



* LesCollaborateurs: One of Paul's hotel employees is a virulent Hutu partisan who [[spoiler:tells the militia about the location of the Tutsi refugees.]]
6th Apr '17 10:50:05 AM MovieFan2000
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* SociopathicSoldier: All the Hutu soldiers are this with the possible excepction of General Bizimungu.


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* WouldHurtAChild: Dr Archer mentions that not even a little girl has been spared by the Hutu militia.
15th Oct '16 1:46:01 PM JustRichard
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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.
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