Don Cheadle gives “the performance of a lifetime” (Los Angeles Times) in this “remarkable” (Newsweek) and “profoundly affecting” (Houston Chronicle) true story of one man’s brave stance a gainst savagery during the 1994 Rwandan conflict. Co-starring Sophie Okonedo and Nick Nolte, Hotel Rwanda is “the kind of film that can change the world” (Joel Siegel, Good Morning America).
As his country descends into madness, five-star-hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle) sets out to save his family. But when he sees that the world will not intervene in the massacre of minority Tutsis, he finds the courage to open his hotel to over 1,200 refugees. Now, with a rabid militia at the gates, he has only his wits and words to help keep the refugees alive another hour…another day…
**A Message for Peace: Making Hotel Rwanda Documentary
**Return to Rwanda Documentary
**Selected Scenes Commentary by Don Cheadle
**Audio Commentary by Director Terry George and the Real-Life Subject of the Film, Paul Rusesabagina, with Select Commentary by Musician Wyclef Jean
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There's a tidiness and sense of convenience in the film's stock characterisations and button-pushing plotting that detracts from its impact. The film doesn't just contrive to contain the slaughter, but also its own anger.
Move past the big picture, of race hatred, arbitrary maps and guilt over what the UN and the West can't or won't do, and find the human story within the inhumanity of war.
The great strength of Hotel Rwanda is that it's not about superhuman heroism but simply about human decency.
The almost forgotten but all too real African genocide documented in Hotel Rwanda hits us as suddenly and as hard as it does Paul Rusesabagina, the accidental hero played so masterfully by Don Cheadle.
It has a genuine power: the ability of film to beam light onto dark days of history, making it impossible for us to look away, reminding us of what we should never forget.
What makes the film not just harrowing but transcendent is Cheadle. He does nothing traditionally heroic. He just presents a picture of basic decency, showing how, when combined with courage, decency can result in an awe- inspiring moral steadfastness.
All we can do is hope that films such as Hotel Rwanda remind us all -- moviegoer and politician -- of the terrible cost of doing nothing.