Hotel Rwanda


Paul Rusesabagina is the man behind the Academy Award nominated movie Hotel Rwanda. He was born on June 15, 1954 in the central-south of Rwanda in a small town called Murama-Gitarama. His mother is Tutsi and his father is Hutu. He grew up on a farm with nine brothers and sisters. He wanted to be a pastor when he grew up. He entered the Seventh Day Adventist College in 1962 and was there for thirteen years. Paul received his degree in Hotel Management from Utalii Collage in Nairobi, Kenya. He then became the general assistant manager at the Mille Collines Hotel. He had four children with his wife Tatiana. The Rwandan genocide started on April 6, 1994 and lasted for 100 days. It was a controversy among two groups, the Tutsi and Hutu. They hated each other. Paul and his family were living in Rwanda at the time. He brought in many refugess to the Mille Colliness Hotel for shelter. He saved 1,268 lives. Paul has received many rewards for his heroic actions. Today, he is talking to young people about his experiences with the Rwandan Genocide.




This movie is very effective emotionally. It shows how awful the whole situation was. It really touches your heart. It makes you feel scared and sad for these innocent people in Rwanda. I don't think this movies has good information about the genocide. The movie itself is a little hard to follow at first. Everything happens so quickly that you can't understand what is going on. You have to figure things out for yourself. The movie talks about the importance of family and friends and life. I think that the movie portrays very well advocating genocide. It shows the evils of it. What it can do to a family and a government. I really liked the movie. I thought it really touched my heart. A message that I will remember my whole life. We need to learn to accept one another and respect everyone.
My dad watched this movie with me. His name is John. He said," Emotionally the movie really touched me. I had very high emotions. You felt helpless in a horrible situation. The movie had low information. I couldn't follow the political situation very well. It needed more backround to the situation. The movie didn't really portray any advocating genocide. It was ok but didn't really tell the magnatude until the end in the statistics."