Hotel Rwanda By Paul Rusesabaganda

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With tear filled eyes, I write about one of the worst genocides in African history. In Kigali, Rwanda, Spring of 1994 over eight-hundred thousand people were massacred in the streets surrounding the Milles Collines Hotel. This hotel ran by Paul Rusesabagina became shelter to 1,268 Tutsi and Hutu refugees. In December 2004, Terry George releases the film Hotel Rwanda which not only captivates its audience but revisits the mass murderers that the global community collectively turned a blind eye causing many innocent lives to parrish. Georges ability to capture the realism of the event surpasses a film 's primary purpose of entertainment, it educates and reminds viewers to never turn our backs to a country in need. The film reveals how many countries …show more content…
Rusesabagina sets the tone of the film from the moment you see him in the hotel van taking care of management business. Rusesabagina is polite, well put together, respected, and best of all, passionate. He is known for treating his hotel guests with care, by learning what they desire and building trust. In return, Rusesabagina builds a safety net of people who will help him out later on. Ironically, the anti-hero of the story Georges Rutaganda is one of the people in Rusesabagina’s safety net. Rutaganda is introduced shortly after Rusesabagina as both characters perform a business deal. With a common bribery of a Cohiba cigar from Havana, Cuba, Rusesabagina goes to Rutaganda with the intent of conducting their usual business deals, however Rutaganda invites Rusesabagina to a rally expressing that “politics is power, Paul. Hutu Power” (3.12). This is the first indication viewers get that Rutaganda is up to no good. As the scene progresses the viewer witnesses another hotel staff, Dube, telling Rusesabagina that Rutaganda has gone on radio and told the Hutus to kill all the Tutsis. From this moment the plot is clear and viewers are left to hold their breath as the violence …show more content…
Just steps outside of the Milles Collines Hotel, men with knives and spiked sticks are brutally mutilating people because of their ethnicity. There is no way out for many, except the few that are able to escape to the safety of the hotel. Rusesabagina in this situation does what he has been doing for many years, he welcomes the refugees and treats them as hotel guests. It is an unimaginable task to run a hotel when mass killings are happening at every minute and threatening the safety of every life inside, but this is the only way that Rusesabagina manages to keep things in order. Running the hotel as it normally would helps Rusesabagina keep his thoughts in order and it also helps him maintain a sense of dignity when so much pressure and countless innocent lives are on his shoulders. It is during these critical moments that Rusesabagina calls upon the people he has built a relationship with to ask for favors such as the General, who offers the help of his soldiers in exchange for more alcohol. To Rusesabagina’s surprise many of his safety net people do not extend a helping hand despite their full awareness of the situation which leaves him to his own resources and at times at the mercy of the Hutu extremist. Essentially, The international community did nothing which George shows in the scene where the head of the UN peacekeeping force tells Paul to look at the situation

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