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Film Review: Hotel Rwanda

Film Info


121 minutes

Ten years ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness, one man made a promise to protect the family he loved – and ended up finding the courage to save over 1200 people. "Hotel Rwanda" tells the inspiring story of real life hero Paul Ruseabagina (Don Cheadle), a hotel manager in Rwanda who used his courage and cunning to shelter over a thousand refugees from certain death. While the rest of the world closed its eyes, Paul opened his heart and proved that one good man can make a difference.
Following the film, we will have a discussion on the following topics:
Personal Courage
Civic Engagement
This film as a reflection of broader cultural phenomena

Begin your postings here . . .
[Dave Roberts, dlr4@geneseo.edu, 11-5]
1.) One scene of the film that was especially powerful to me was when Paul and his friend drove down the misty road that was covered with bodies. As they roll on and the van lurches and crawls over all the corpses, you can see the true gravity of the situation dawning in Paul's eyes.
2.) The powerlessness of the United Nations was maddening. Paul was aware of the fact that help wasn't going to come; the Americans would see the genocide on television, make a quick remark about how terrible the situation was, and go on eating their dinners.
3.) In telling the story through Paul's eyes, the filmmakers were able to give a snapshot of an enormous story while still keeping it rooted in the psyche and emotional journey of one man. Although this may not be very useful as an anthropological study, it makes it much easier for the general audience to identify emotionally with the story.
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[Lanh Nguyen, ltn2@geneseo.edu, 11/10]
1. SImilar to the film, The Return of Laughing Boy, the storyline and family conflicts are extremely heart wrenching! I clip that stuck out in my head was when The UN officials returned to the hotel to gather individuals who were able to get deported elsewhere. When Paul decided last minute that he was not going to leave with his wife and kids, screaming and crying broke out. Their facial expressions and body gestures made huge impacts on the way I viewed this scene. Can you imagine one of your family members consciously sticking behind to help others in chaos??
2. Throughout the entire movie I was angered by the lack of intervention by outsiders. Like that one news reported said, Americans are going to watch these clips on their television sets during dinner and go, "that is such a horrible thing to do to a culture", and then immediately return to their daily routines. They lack the concept that they. that we are able to help. Just by spreading knowledge about this crisis can make a huge difference.
3. This movie definitely shows that it is difficult to trust people who you consider friends when chaos ensues. One's character is definitiely tested when something like genocide is occurring. As seen in the movie, many of Paul's friends and allies from outside of the country refused to help him stay alive. The only two people who tried were the chief of the UN and the other guy who successfully got the militia out of the hotel.-END-
[Shamiran Warda, sw11@geneseo.edu 11/14]

Film Review: Hotel Rwanda


I remember watching this movie a couple years back and remember it was one of the most powerful movies I had ever seen. It is upsetting to know that there are people living among us that have so much hate towards another cultural group. I can relate to this movie, in that those powerful scenes, such as the scenes with dead bodies in the streets is one image that is not new to family, especially to my parents. I feel we have been through the same thing because the country I come from also had similar conflicts like that seen in the movie; people were being killed for belonging to one group rather than the other which I think is sad in that it causes one to lose hope in us humans and overall in our capabilities. In all, I think its time to open our eyes up and stop judging each other but rather come together as one and solve the millions of problems that exist in our world so the future is brighter not only for us but for our future generation. END


[Heather Warren, hrw1@geneseo.edu, 11/15]
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  1. I found this movie to be amazing!! It was so moving in a way that was so deep you could not help but feel their fear and pain. The acting was realistic, showing all aspects of human reaction to situations like that.
  2. The fact that it was based on a real life situation is extremely disturbing and what is worse, many people, myself included, are only hearing about this now, or if they heard about it, only now understanding what really happened. It’s scary to think that these things are still going on.
  3. I cannot believe that so many countries that started business and such with that country and pretended to be friends of the people in Rwanda, just abandoned those people.




[Elen De Oliveira, emd10@geneseo.edu, 11/15]


Hotel Rwanda-I couldnt make it to the film showing, but I borrowed the film and watched it.


It seems so ridiculous that war would start between people that could have been brother and sister and that there was no real basis for the distinction between the hutu and the tootsi. As was seen in an early scene in the film, the two girls sitting at the bar could have been sisters and yet they were supposedly from the two different groups. I can't believe there is so much hatred in the world and that something as trivial as the width of your nose, could mean the difference between you living and dying.


When the white filmer states that people would watch the footage of the massacres, think it was horrible, and then go on eating their dinners, it is really sad to think that that is really the case. When we think about it, whenever we watch the news and hear about horrible things going on in the world a majority of people do just that. Think about how horrible it is and then go on with thier lives. Watching this film really opens your eyes to the fact that taking action is essential. Maybe it is not our country that is being torn apart by war, but someday the way the world seems to be going, it may be us that are in the same situation and if the rest of the world is as lax with responding to our cries as we have been, then we are likely to recieve no help at all. That is a very scary thought.


It really disgusted me that The UN and the European army did nothing to stop the slaughter that was going on in front of their very eyes and that they simply took all of the whites out of the city left everyone else including the children behind. I don't even have words to describe how ashamed it made me of being American and being so privileged.





[Dilek Canakci, dc11@geneseo.edu, 11/24]


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This movie was well done and showed great footages on the life that really went on during this awful war. I think it made people realize the seriousness of the events that took place and how no country did anything to help them. The people, the foot shortages, the UN, the murders and the attitudes of the people were captured so well. It makes you realize how good we have it here and how much people continue to suffer in Africa.




[Anne Kim, ak13@geneseo.edu, 12/2/07]


Hotel Rwanda is one of the most moving films that I have ever seen. It is so graphic yet so necessary for the film. The fear of the Tutsis of the Hutus can be clearly seen. The aspect that upsets me most is the fact that outside coutries, such as the United States and Britain could not help at all. The only thing the helpless could do was wait while their family members were being killed. All the things that the main character (Don Cheadle) worked for is useless and becomes helpless himself. This shows how horrible, irrational and severe the genocide was.





Kaitlyn Northrop, krn3@geneseo.edu, 12/13


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I think that this is one of the most moving and interesting films that we have watched the entire year. Although it is very disturbing, I think it needed to be to get its point across. There is not one part of that movie that is full of intensity and wonderment of what is going to happen to Paul and his family during all of the genocide. I think that it was very disturbing how all of the nations that would have been able to help these people in Rwanda chose to back out, and make things easier for themselves. The most intense part of the movie for me was when Paul's "friend" George told him to travel the road by the river because it would be free of road blocks. At the beginning you think that this person is going to help Paul and all of the helpless tootses in the hotel, but in actuality he sends them down a "road graveyard" in which all the slaughtered people are lying in the middle of the road, waiting to be traveled over by helpless souls who end up traveling them. I think that this movie does a really great job showing what kind of stress the people in Rwanda must go through, the battles not only with the rebel armies and with trying to get help, but the internal battles of what they should do instead of just waiting around for their families to be killed.


[Dan Lilly, djl5@geneseo.edu 12/15]

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Its a tough film to watch. I don't think any of us would say that it doesn't have an extremely powerful, disturbing message to send. Its telling though that this is the route filmmakers have to go to get a film with some ethnographic value across to a large audience. Sure, people are compassionate towards such cruelty and depravation, but that still doesn't leave them with much consideration for these people. Most people that saw this movie in the theaters just got up, said "Well that was horrible, what happened to those people," and then went home. You would think things like this would stir up interest in ethnographic films overall, enticing people to learn more about other cultures throughout the world because they are out there and things like this are still happening.



[Jennifer Ritzenthaler, jkr5@geneseo.edu, 12/15/07]


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Politics: When I first saw the film, I was shocked that I had been entirely unaware of the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994. The Hutu military and Interahamwe militias killed about 800,000 Tutsis in approximately 100 days. What is most interesting about this conflict is that it partially stems from the actions of European powers. Belgium took charge of Rwanda after WWI and kept it after WWII. They kept the Tutsi minority in power but also took the limited power that the Hutu majority had away. By doing this, they served to promote a conflict between the two groups, which led to much bloodshed.



{Isobel Connors, icc2@geneseo.edu, 12/15}


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SOCIAL CHANGE:  Although I had a general idea of the genocide that has occured in Rwanda, I was by no means well-aware or educated on the subject.  I was disgusted by the dismissiveness of the U.N. and their lack of support during such a detrimental time in Rwandan history.  One quote that stuck out to me was when Paul was serving the head of the U.N. troops a drink and he told Paul that the reason the U.N. didn't care about the genocide and war in Rwanda was because it was primarily affecting black people.  This struck a chord with me and made me re-evaluate my perception of world policy.  I think this prejudice has caused the United States, as well as the United Nations to essentially turn a blind eye to the horrors that occur in third-world countries.  As much as these countries boast about the equality their citizens enjoy, they are by no means innocent of racism.  This may be why we have not come to the aid of those in Darfur.  I would like to have better faith in humankind, but I am not oblivious to the racial/political connotations that wars project.



(Cameron Mack, cfm6@geneseo.edu, 12/15)


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As I'm sure most others reacted when they saw this film, I was extremely shocked and dismayed. The film is based around the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, which I was never really aware or informed of, unfortunately. While I understand that this is a movie and some points or aspects of the genocide/issue may be portrayed in a different manner than it actually occurred. The film delivers a chilling and brutal message, which was assisted well by Don Cheadle. Aside from delivering a lingering message of importance, the film is beautifully made and assists in the sorrow felt for these abused people. The whole drama surrounding the Hutu and Tootsie, especially the initiating of the war/genocide is so unfortunate. It is hard to belief that individuals who would formerly think of themselves as brothers and sisters are no longer connected in any manner. The level of hate shown in this film can cause an awakening within anyone. I couldn't help but attempt to put myself in the shoes of characters from the movie, simply upset that these events actually happen. One of the most truthful parts of the movie, in all seriousness, is when the white filmer will show this footage in America, people will show affection towards their cause, and then go eat dinner. This scene reminded me of not necessarily the guilt I should feel, but rather the issues there are in the world that have gone unassisted and need to be changed.


Alfred Dilluvio ajd12@geneseo.edu 12/16


While this movie is moving and important to watch, it is still a sad reminder that when someone does something good for other people, it is considered rare. We should strive to be like the hotel manager who protected so many people from certain death. He should be celebrated now in a time when people do not stick their necks out for others ever. However, we need to get rid of this idea that helping people is rare. We have to start helping each other all the time and sharing with one another. Only then will it become a common practice which can be less celebrated.


(Lok Yung Yam, ly5@geneseo.edu, 12/16)


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I had the same thought Alfred did when I watched this film. What the hotel manager did was heroic, and what he did certainly took courage. He risked his life in order to save others. However, I think this is something any decent human being should do for his/her peers. Honestly, I don't know how people who can look away from the situation and ignore it can live with themselves. It would be a lot easier to try to help and be killed than to live with the guilt of allowing your neighbors to be slaughtered while you hid.


[Skye Naslund, sjn1@geneseo.edu, 12/17/07]



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I think the psychology behind genocide is fascinating.  How easily people can be convinced to kill their neighbors is both horrific and amazing.  American culture prides itself on individuality and thinking for ones self.  Seeing people become implementers of genocide makes me wonder if there is a cultural reason why people could be manipulated into wanting to kill their neighbors, or if this would be possible in all cultures, including our own.


[Geni Beninati, gb3@geneseo.edu, 12/17/07]


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I have seen Hotel Rwanda over five times and am still moved by it every time.  On April 20, 2005 I heard Paul Rusesabagina speak at Cornell on the Darfur genocide and the parallels between the two genocides.  It was the most moving experience I have ever had and ever since have been motivated to put an end to genocide.  I am disgusted by the way that the world treats Africa and genocide and I hope more movies are made such as Hotel Rwanda to open up the eyes of the mainstream.  I believe that Hotel Rwanda was made perfectly.  It was entertaining enough to hold the general publics attention, was factual, and made viewers know that what they were watching had actually occured.   There need to be more movies like this.





[Dan McConvey, dpm5@geneseo.edu, 12/17/07]

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Change-  As the reporters get footage of the slaughtering in the street. Paul is initially happy because he thinks that when the rest of the world sees the genocide that is going on in Rwanda the world will not have a choice but to help.  The reporter says a chilling statement about what the world’s reaction will most likely be, that the world will see the footage on the evening news and find the killings disturbing and horrific but afterwards will just continue eating dinner, going on with their lives as usual.  This is a disturbing aspect of social change.  Regardless of how horrible circumstances may appear, the outside world is still capable of inaction.


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