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When Paul exits the vehicle, he sees the riverside road is full of bodies and realises that Georges was correct in his estimation that half the Tutsis are already dead. The UN peacekeeping forces, led by Canadian Colonel Oliver, are unable to take assertive action against the Interahamwe because the peacekeepers are forbidden to intervene in the conflict and prevent the genocide. The foreign nationals are evacuated, but the Rwandans are left behind.

When the UN forces attempt to evacuate a group of refugees, including Paul's family, Gregoire betrays them by informing Interahamwe of the evacuation, and they are ambushed and forced to turn back. In a last-ditch effort to save the refugees, Paul pleads with General Bizimungu for assistance. However, when Paul's bribes no longer work, he blackmails the general with threats of him being tried as a war criminal if he doesn't help.

Soon afterward, Paul's family and the hotel refugees are finally able to leave the besieged hotel in a UN convoy. They travel through retreating masses of refugees and militia to reach safety behind Tutsi rebel lines, and are reunited with their nieces. The film is set in during the Rwandan Genocide, in which an estimated , people, mainly Tutsi, were killed by Hutu extremists.

In the early s, Hutu extremists within Rwanda's political elite blamed the entire Tutsi minority population for the country's economic and political problems. Tutsi civilians were also accused of supporting a Tutsi-dominated rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front. Hutu extremists belonging to the Interahamwe militia launched plans to destroy the entire Tutsi civilian population.

Tutsi and people suspected of being Tutsi were killed in their homes and as they tried to flee the country. It is estimated that some , people participated in the perpetration of the Rwandan genocide. Rusesabagina regularly bribed Rwandan Hutu soldiers and kept militias outside the hotel's property during the hundred days of killing. Sharing his thoughts about the lack of international intervention during the crisis, director George commented, "It's simple, African lives are not seen as valuable as the lives of Europeans or Americans.

However, Rusesabagina has since come under criticism with allegations that he extorted money from hotel guests for rooms and food. UN observers managed to change the room numbers of those most threatened. He recounted his own experiences in his biography, Shake Hands with the Devil. The book was later adapted into two feature films; a documentary , and a dramatic motion picture. George stated that it was important to craft the film for a mass-market audience, using the question of whether the film is "going to play in Peoria?

Will it be understood? Is it main stream [ sic ] enough? The producers of the film partnered with the United Nations Foundation to create the International Fund for Rwanda, which supported United Nations Development Programme initiatives assisting Rwandan survivors. The original motion picture soundtrack for Hotel Rwanda was released by the Commotion label on 11 January It features songs written by Wyclef Jean and Deborah Cox , among others.

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Hotelier Paul Rusesabagina's real life experience encouraged director George to produce the film. A paperback novel published by Newmarket Press , entitled Hotel Rwanda: Bringing the True Story of an African Hero to Film , released on 7 February , dramatizes the events of the Rwandan Genocide in , as depicted in the film, and expands on the ideas of how Rusesabagina sheltered and saved more than 1, people in the hotel he managed in Kigali by summarizing three years of research, articles that chronicle the historical events, and the ensuing aftermath.

A brief history and timeline, the making of the film, and the complete screenplay written by Keir Pearson and Terry George are covered in thorough detail. Following its cinematic release in theatres, the film was released in VHS video format on 12 April , [17] marking the final United Artists film released on the format. Among mainstream critics in the U. Michael Rechtshaffen, writing in The Hollywood Reporter , said actor "Cheadle impressively carries the entire picture, delivering the kind of note-perfect performance that's absolutely deserving of Oscar consideration.

Because we sympathize with these men, we are moved by the film. It's useful, in that it shows how it can happen. It's even hopeful, in that it shows that it's possible—not guaranteed, but possible—for people to maintain their humanity in the face of unhinged barbarism. Dave Sterrit of The Christian Science Monitor , felt that although the subject matter was crucially important, he commented that "the movie dilutes its impact with by-the-numbers filmmaking, and Cheadle's one-note performance displays few of his acting gifts.

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To capture the white-hot terror of social calamity, someone a little more lawless and fierce might be called for. Writing for The New York Times , Stephen Holden said the film was "a political thriller based on fact that hammers every button on the emotional console. Cheadle's magnificent, understated portrayal". We find ourselves enmeshed in Paul's struggle, sharing his despair at the warfare tearing apart his country, his frustration and anger at the U.

It's never quite as effective as " The Killing Fields " or "Schindler's List" in that the film's overall impact is not as great and it doesn't linger in the memory. Nolte is also good in his limited screen time, as is Joaquin Phoenix, who plays a news cameraman. Eleanor R. Gillespie of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , stated that Hotel Rwanda was an "unforgettable film" as well as being "a doubly unforgettable performance by Don Cheadle.

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Or in a little girl's heartwrenching plea, 'Please don't let them kill me. I promise I won't be Tutsi anymore'. Cheadle, in his richest role since " Devil in a Blue Dress " , burrows deep inside this complex man, who discovers in himself a strength he never knew he possessed, as he faces the disillusionment of all the "civilized" notions he believes in. As his strong, committed wife, Tatiana, Sophie Okonedo, barely resembling the saucy hooker she played in " Dirty Pretty Things " , is a revelation.

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He thought the characters were "cardboardish" and went further saying the "uplifting moments of rescue seem antiseptic and set up. Herman , author Matthew Alford called the film "sensitive, humane and powerful" but noted that it was "striking how the history of bloodshed has been spun in line with Western interests". The film was nominated and won several awards in — Its official wide release was screened in theatres on 4 February From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Hotel Rwanda Theatrical release poster. Terry George A. Kitman Ho. Keir Pearson Terry George. United Artists Lions Gate Films. MGM Distribution Co. English French Kinyarwanda. As Rusesabagina, Cheadle is simply terrific. Not only does he assume a totally believable African accent and manner, he convinces us with every move and gesture that he's a resourceful Everyman elevated to genuine heroism by a struggle to do the right thing. Robert Fraisse's harsh overlighting, gives the film the feel of a cheap backlot production, even though it was shot on location. Africa portal Genocide portal Film portal s portal.

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