Ten years ago, as the country of Rwanda descended into madness, one man made a promise to protect the family he loved and ended up saving over 1200 people.
Hotel Rwanda tells the inspiring true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, who used his courage and cunning to shelter over a thousand refugees from certain death. While the rest of the world closed its eyes, he proved that one man could make a difference.
Directed and co-written by Terry George (writer of In The Name Of The Father, director of Some Mother's Son), Hotel Rwanda stars Don Cheadle (Ocean's Eleven & Twelve, Traffic) as Rusesabagina and British actress Sophie Okonedo (Dirty Pretty Things) as his wife Tatiana.
The film has already been garlanded with a long list of awards, among them Oscar nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globes for Best Film and Best Actor in the Drama categories, Screen Actors' Guild awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble Cast and, finally, a Writers' Guild of America award for Best Original Screenplay.
This is a film with a heart and with an admirable message, since it seeks to portray to a wider audience the humanitarian disaster, caused from such carnage. Shocking, humbling images leave you thinking, how could the world not know what was going on?
The two leads are good, especially Cheadle. If you like political expose thrillers that seek to recreate real-life events, it is well worth a visit.