Wednesday, August 15, 2007


I've watched this movie few times. Very touching. It reminds me about sectarian conflicts in Indonesia especially in Ambon and Poso few years back. Lesson learned from this movie is that you must never give a room for etchnic fanaticism in your heart and environment. It if happened, at the end of the day, no body is the winner, everybody is a looser.
If you are a hotelier, you should watch this movie, to undertstand the corporate social responsibility a hotel industry when such catastrophe occurs.

Starring: Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo
Director: Terry George
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 26 nominations

Don Cheadle stars in true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsis refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

In actual fact, there is no hotel named Hotel Rwanda. This title refers to Hotel Des Milles Colline in Kigali Rwanda where Paul was working. When the civil conflict broke out and torn the country, the caucasion GM left the hotel amid fear of his safety and asked Paul to take charge without proper hand over.

The catastrophe of civil war in Rwanda in 1994 reached the worst when the Hutu's militia took control over the capital of Kigali and conducted the massacre of the innocent Tutsi's mainly women, children and the odlster. The Hutu's labelled all Tutsi's as cocroaches and treator of the country. This hatred is treasured from the colonial period when the Belgium was ussually appoint the Tutsi's to run the country administration due to their better education and skill. When the Belgium left the country, most of the high post in the administration are held by the Tutsi's. The UN sponsored peace brokerage failed to bring reconciliation between the Hutu's and Tutsi's. The peace brokerage failes due to the murder of the president before the peace agreement was implemented.

Paul himself is a Hutu but his wife Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo) is a Tutsi. This situation worsened because most of the Milles Colline Hotle staff are the Hutu's who consider Paul as not purely belong to their ethnic. Alike the Hutu's militias, the Hutu's hotel staff instead labelled Paul as part the treator of Hutu's.

The touching scene was when Paul and his wife felt in despair and planned the best way the should die if eventualy the Hutu's militias managed to found them. Paul asks her to jump down from the hotel along with him instead of fallen into the hand of the Hutu's militia.

A true story of a man who fought impossible odds to save every one he could and created a place where hope survived.

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