In 1994 in the central African state of Rwanda, approximately one million people, men, women, children and babies, were horrifically murdered by a savage and uncontrolled militia. It was an ethnic war, genocide, in which no one but a Rwandan could possibly have known who was who and why it was happening. The world stood by and let it happen. The foreigners fled, the UN did little.
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Amidst all the carnage and mayhem, one man, Paul Rusesabagina (marvellously portrayed by Cheadle), who had the very unheroic job of Assistant Hotel Manager, saved well over one thousand two hundred people from certain death by taking them into his hotel, and using his wits and his connections to keep the militia at bay and play one side off against the other, mostly with a combination of booze and Cuban cigars. What started as an attempt to save just his own family, ended up in total heroism, and many, many people owe him their lives.
By focusing on the emotions and relationships of the central characters, the movie accurately depicts the terror of the events, with surprisingly little recourse to blood and explicit gore.
The review of this Movie prepared by Maggie