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When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms.
Dubbed an "African Schindler's List," Hotel Rwanda is an American historical drama based on real-life events in Rwanda during the spring of 1994. Winner of the AGF People's Choice Award at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival and starring Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo.
Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle), a Hutu, manages the Hôtel des Mille Collines and lives happily with his Tutsi wife (Okonedo) and their three children. When Hutu military forces initiate a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, Paul offers his hotel as shelter for refugees. As the U.N. pulls out, Paul struggles alone to protect the Tutsi refugees in the face of the escalating violence that later became known as the Rwandan genocide.
Winner of the AGF People's Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2004.
Drama, War, Historical
Rating: M Adult themes
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