Hotel Rwanda (2004)

PG-13 | 122 mins | Biography, Drama | 22 December 2004

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Director:

Terry George

Cinematographer:

Robert Fraisse

Editor:

Naomi Geraghty

Production Designers:

Tony Burrough, Johnny Breedt

Production Companies:

Miracle Pictures, Seamus
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HISTORY

Hotel Rwanda was ranked 90th on AFI's 2006 100 Years...100 Cheers list of the 100 most inspiring films of all ... More Less

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Los Angeles Times
22 Dec 2004
p. 17.
New York Times
22 Dec 2004
p. 1.
Variety
20 Sep 2004
p. 60.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
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Prod des
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FILM EDITOR
Film ed
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 December 2004
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 22 Dec 2004; Los Angeles opening: 25 Dec 2004
Copyright Claimant:
Kigali Releasing, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
20 December 2004
Copyright Number:
PA1270413
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
122
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Countries:
United Kingdom, South Africa, Italy, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1994, Paul Rusesabagina runs the Hotel des Mille Collines, a popular, European-owned establishment in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Paul is a member of the Hutus, the majority group in power, while his wife, Tatiana, is a member of the minority Tutsi group. Division between the Hutus and the Tutsis deepens after the Rwandan president is assassinated, and suddenly Paul must work harder to pacify the people he deals with for business, including goods supplier Georges Rutaganda, a member of Hutu extremist group Interahamwe. Discrimination against Tutsis ramps up, and suddenly Paul’s neighbors are being killed. Civil war ensues. As Tatiana frets over her lost brother, his wife and their two daughters, Paul maintains the illusion of a functioning hotel while harboring refugees. More people pour in from an overcrowded United Nations (UN) camp, the Red Cross, and local orphanages. Paul solicits help from Augustin Bizimungu, a corrupt Rwandan army general who takes a liking to the hotel manager. In need of supplies, Paul goes with his wayward employee, Gregoire, to meet Georges Rutaganda. On the way, they see the Hutu militia abusing Tutsi captives. Georges boasts to Paul that the Tutsi people will soon be wiped out by genocide. Paul does not believe him at first, but on his return trip he encounters throngs of murdered Tutsis on the side of the road, confirming Georges’s estimation that half the Tutsi population has already been decimated. Col. Oliver, a Canadian officer for UN peacekeeping forces, helps evacuate refugees from Rwanda but laments his inability to intervene in the genocide. Paul’s family is supposed to be evacuated by the UN, but Gregoire informs against them and an ambush forces ... +


In 1994, Paul Rusesabagina runs the Hotel des Mille Collines, a popular, European-owned establishment in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Paul is a member of the Hutus, the majority group in power, while his wife, Tatiana, is a member of the minority Tutsi group. Division between the Hutus and the Tutsis deepens after the Rwandan president is assassinated, and suddenly Paul must work harder to pacify the people he deals with for business, including goods supplier Georges Rutaganda, a member of Hutu extremist group Interahamwe. Discrimination against Tutsis ramps up, and suddenly Paul’s neighbors are being killed. Civil war ensues. As Tatiana frets over her lost brother, his wife and their two daughters, Paul maintains the illusion of a functioning hotel while harboring refugees. More people pour in from an overcrowded United Nations (UN) camp, the Red Cross, and local orphanages. Paul solicits help from Augustin Bizimungu, a corrupt Rwandan army general who takes a liking to the hotel manager. In need of supplies, Paul goes with his wayward employee, Gregoire, to meet Georges Rutaganda. On the way, they see the Hutu militia abusing Tutsi captives. Georges boasts to Paul that the Tutsi people will soon be wiped out by genocide. Paul does not believe him at first, but on his return trip he encounters throngs of murdered Tutsis on the side of the road, confirming Georges’s estimation that half the Tutsi population has already been decimated. Col. Oliver, a Canadian officer for UN peacekeeping forces, helps evacuate refugees from Rwanda but laments his inability to intervene in the genocide. Paul’s family is supposed to be evacuated by the UN, but Gregoire informs against them and an ambush forces them to retreat to the hotel. Paul tries to bribe General Bizimungu for more help, but he refuses. Paul resorts to blackmailing the general. Soon, he and his family, and the remaining refugees at the hotel, are allowed to leave in a UN convoy. Once they make it to a territory controlled by Tutsi rebels, Paul and Tatiana reunite with her nieces. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Political


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