Who: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix and Nick Nolte
What’s the story: Based on true events, Hotel Rwanda tells the tale of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, who heroically puts his life and family at risk to rescue his fellow citizens – who are Tutsi tribe people – from the Rwandan Genocide during the spring of 1994. With access to his hotel, Rusesabagina houses more than one thousand refugees on the resort grounds as they attempt to stay safe and remain alive in the midst of the Hutu tribe revolt during the genocide.
Where: Republic of Rwanda, which is a state in central and east Africa.
Why it’s amazing: Hotel Rwanda is a riveting film because it takes you right into the hands of the state’s conflict as you watch. It is a truly captivating experience because it combines a real life world conflict with a courageous true story. One significant thing that Hotel Rwanda did was push the Rwandan Genocide to the forefront. This was important and still remains important because this tragic event was not a widely publicized world issue, which is expressed right in the opening scene of the film. Hotel Rwanda reminds us that history needs to be taught and expressed so it does not occur again.
What is bad about it: The movie itself is incredible. The only thing I wonder about is the movie’s rating. There are a few scenes that are extremely violent, so the original plan to have it as an R rated film could have been a good idea.
Wonderful scene in the movie: When Paul and his family are reunited with his two young nieces at the end of the movie.
Fun Fact: During casting, Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Mekhi Phifer and Will Smith were considered for the role of Paul before Don Cheadle was finalized as the lead.
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