Once you find out what happened in Rwanda, you’ll never forget. Oscar nominee Don Cheadle (Traffic) gives “the performance of his career in this extraordinarily powerful” (The Hollywood Reporter) and moving true story of one man’s brave stance against savagery during the 1994 Rwandan conflict. Sophie Okonedo (Dirty Pretty Things) co-stars as the loving wife who challenges a good man to become a great man. As his country descends into madness, five-star-hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle) sets out to save his family. But when he sees that theworld will not intervene in the massacre of minority Tutsis, he finds the courage to open his hotel to more than 1,200 refugees. Now, with a rabid militia at the gates, he must use his well-honed grace, flattery and cunning to protect his guests from certain death. –MGM
Terry George (born December 20, 1952) is an Northern Irish screenwriter and director. Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, much of his film work (e.g. The Boxer, Some Mother’s Son, and In the Name of the Father) involves “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland.
He was nominated for two Oscars: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (1993; In the Name of the Father), and Best Writing, Original Screenplay (2004; Hotel Rwanda). On 26 February 2012, he received an Oscar in the live action short film category for The Shore.
George was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 1971 he was arrested for suspicion of involvement with the terrorist Irish National Liberation Army (INLA). He later became involved with the Irish Republican Socialist Party. He was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison and was released in 1978 for good behavior. In 1981, he moved to New York City. He faced deportation proceedings but was allowed to remain in the United… read more
Not saying that the UN peacekeepers weren't trying to help, but fucking hell, a bit of historical background would be nice.
On the wikipedia page, it's described as an African Schindler's list, which is the worst insult that can be levelled at the film, certainly worse than anything I could come up with.
People should not be able to enjoy a film about the Rwandan genocide. The fact that most people who liked this film happily continue to actively support activities that allow events such as these to happen negates the point of a film like this. This film ignores why the Rwanda situation was allowed to develop (colonialism) and leaves you with the impression that white people (the UN) are there to help the savages.
So moral concerns shouldn't matter? This film doesn't help anyone understand what actually happened in Rwanda and doesn't help anyone in Rwanda. It helps white people feel happier about pretending to care about the genocide, but that's not a good thing. The reality is that a film that did justice to the horror of the event would be too real for people to enjoy and that's what pisses me off.