- 2 hr 1 min
Based on actual events of the Rwandan genocide, this haunting film follows horrific events as seen through the eyes of Paul Rusesabagina. Paul lives in Rwanda with his wife and their three children. There is one major problem however, Paul is a Hutu, his wife Tatiana is a Tutsi. To Paul and Tatiana, this makes no difference; but to many others in the country during that time it will be a matter of life and death. During this time the Hutu tribe was committing mass genocide against the Tutsi tribe. Any Hutu's who tried to help the Tutsi's were murdered as well. Up to this point Paul has been able to keep his family safe due to his connections and influence in the community. As full on civil war breaks out, the Rusesabagina family is able to escape with their Tutsi neighbors to the hotel where Paul is the general manager. This temporary haven becomes more of a prison when they are unable to get out, with the Hutu rebels literally at the gates wanting to get in to harm them. The United Nations soldiers in the area can barely keep the rebels outside the gate, and are unable to get the Tutsi refugees out of the hotel to safety. The weeks that they are trapped there become something surreal for all involved as they attempt to maintain something of a life while stuck in the hotel not knowing if they are ever going to get out alive. One of the most emotionally empowering scenes from the film is shown after Paul returns from a supply mission. While on the supply run, Paul finds a road strewn with the bodies of men, women and children. It is at this point that Paul is unable to maintain his composure and has a full on break down. This moving scene really adds depth to his character and to some extent helps the audience better understand his emotions. He was worked relentlessly to protect not only his family, but every single person in the hotel who is depending on him and he is already at a breaking point. Seeing the vast hideousness that is genocide really hits home with not only the character but also the viewers.