In 1994 Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Kigali, Rwanda, risked his life to help save more than 1,200 men, women and children from the ethnic cleansing that wiped out nearly 1 million Rwandans in 100 days. Through this true story Hotel Rwanda tells the story of the genocide in Rwanda. Directed and co-written by Terry George (Some Mother’s Son), the film is designed as a cinematic wagging finger, shaming the world in general and the West in particular for having done nothing while innocents were butchered in the streets.
Hotel Rwanda does not elaborate on the bleak history of this tortured nation, which has suffered at the hands of European occupiers dating back to the early 1900s. It does not detail the genesis of the tribal conflict between Hutus (the majority in power) and Tutsis (the minority rebels) nor focus on the political machinations and backroom deals that led to the start of the slaughter.