The Movie Hotel Rwanda ( 2004 ) Directed By Terry George Essay

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The movie Hotel Rwanda (2004) directed by Terry George is an accurate depiction of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Based on a true story, the film documents all the acts that a Hutu hotel manager named Paul Rusesabagina, played by actor Don Cheadle, did to save both his family and a thousand Tutsi refugees. The setting takes place in the spring of 1994 where Hutu extremists mass murder the Tutsis. Paul Rusesabagina grants shelter to the refugees by having them reside in his hotel, Hotel des Mille Collines. Paul’s effort to save the Tutsis during the 100-day massacre is widely seen as a heroic act. There are thousands of Tutsi refugees trying to survive but is there room for them all? “There’s always room.” - Paul Rusesabagina.
When Rwanda was under European power (Belgians), the Tutsis ruled and enjoyed favoritism since they had a higher status than the Hutus whom they controlled. Tutsis were the minority (14%) and the Hutus were the majority (85%) of society. The Hutus began to fear and resent the Tutsis due to their oppressive rule. In the August of 1993, the Arusha peace agreements brought an end to the Hutu dominated government in Rwanda. On April 6, 1994, the Hutu President Habyarimana’s plane was shot down which immediately led to violence. Hutu extremists initiated a plan to wipe out the entire Tutsi population of Rwanda. They spread hate speech by calling the Tutsis cockroaches over the radio. This sparked the Rwandan genocide where around 800,000-1,000,000 people…

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