Hotel Rwanda

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MGM Released 2005

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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13

Hotel Rwanda is a semi-biographical film that depicts the tragic events of the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. The hatred between two opposing Rwandan people, the Tutsi people, and the Hutu people continues to intensify. At the center of it all is a Hutu hotel manager named Paul Rusesbagina (Don Cheadle). His situation is particularly difficult as he is married to a Tutsi woman named Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo). Some of the extremist Hutu people have their eyes on Paul and his marriage; they take great offense to it. Tatiana, Paul's wife, urges him to assuage extremists on both sides by bribing them with material goods. But the tensions between the people worsen, and civil war breaks out. That is when Paul offers to house Tutsi refugees as they are hunted by the Hutu people. His situation thickens as he tries to juggle many tasks at once: fight off the Hutus, care for the refugees living in his hotel, provide emotional strength for his family, and maintain his hotel. Will Paul be the victor in this challenge? Watch this amazing movie and find out.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A political thriller based on fact that hammers every button on the emotional console.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The story it tells is such a wrenching one it cannot help but move us, especially when the performance of a lifetime by Don Cheadle is added to the mix.

  • 70

    Variety Scott Foundas

    The genocide of some one million Rwandan Tutsis by their Hutu neighbors remains a disgraceful and too-little-known episode in recent world history. Alas, Terry George's ineffectual...

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