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    Hotel Rwanda

    Hey all:

    Cureently I'm reading We Wish To inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Out Families which is the same subject of the movie (the Rwandan genocide), so I'm pretty informed about the background of the story. I'm probably going to go see it tomorrow, or maybe even later tonight, but I was just wondering if anyone has seen it. If so what'd you think. I was reading the NYTimes review and it sounds amazing. It got a 4.96/5 stars by 50 users. I'm just wondering if anyone has seen it, and if so what'd you think about it? How much should one know going into seeing the movie?

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    I'm interested in seeing it. Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper had it as his top movie of 2004. Ebert had it in the Top 10 as well. I'm still amazed, though, of how many Americans know so little or nothing of what occurred. Sometimes our ignorance about the rest of the world is very dismaying.

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    Yes, have you read the book? It's quite powerful. From what I've heard about it the movie is quite powerful as well.

    Did you know: "The dead of Rwanda accumilated at nearly three times the rate of Jewish dead during the Holocaust. It was the most efficient mass killing since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

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    Going to see it tonight! Got to drive about 20 miles to see it though...funny how they won't show it in the area where I live. Hmmm.....any theories on why Kaiser? I live in the most 'red' city in los Angeles County.... Yup same place where I got Bush stickers placed over my Kerry bumper stickers and 2 lawn signs (only JK signs on my block....)stolen and replaced with Dubya signs.

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    I got it Dos. No surprise based on where you are located.

    Keith, I haven't read the book, only other accounts on the genocide. Indictment on just about everyone except the victims.

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    hmm do they mention the belgians involved in the genocide?
    i remember the scandal

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    i heard that in the movie they do. so far in the book, not really yet.

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    I've seen Don Cheadle & the director, along with Paul Rusesabagina (whom Don is portraying) on Charlie Rose discussing the film and the clip they showed did involve the Belgians, along with what happened with the UN.

    Frontline on PBS ran a 2 hour show on this genocide last summer. Probably the saddest but well made shows I've ever seen.
    Ghosts of Rwanda on Frontline

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    Greetings all:

    So I finally got to go see Hotel Rwanda today, and I must say that Don Cheadle did a brilliant job with his role. The entire movie was well done, and it really sheds some light on the event. I mean it is impossible to capture what happened over there to its fullest extent, but the movie does fit a lot of information into the little time they had. This may very well become one of my favorites of all time, and I'm planning on buying the DVD when it comes out.

    Eros: They do mention the Belgians a bit, but not to the extent that they should have. I mean I think they should have made a point to capture that the seperate races never really existed until the Belgians were there.

    Kuri: I'm planning on buying the DVD of that Frontline once I get some money. Thanks for letting me know about it.

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    I just watched it (today is April 30)...

    I've never cried so much during a movie before. This has been one of the most heart wrenching things i've ever seen, and even as I type this, I can't stop the tears from streaming down my face.

    EVERYONE SHOULD SEE THIS MOVIE!

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    I just bought this movie the other day I can't wait to watch it again. I'm hoping to see Sometimes In April ASAP.

    Sometimes In April is the first movie about the Rwandan genocide that has Rwandan actors and was filmed in Rwanda (or something to that effect). It was also on HBO; I saw a clip and it was very moving much more graphic.

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    May I just add that Don Cheadle was robbed of an Oscar...but we all know it's all about the hype.


    Also, anyone think there will be an end to the things in Darfur anytime soon?

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    This movie made me realize how unaware of anything about Africa I am. Don Cheadle is brilliant. Oceans 11/12 don't really allow him to showcase his brilliant acting.

    I don't know if I have it in me to watch Hotel Rwanda again, at least not right now.

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    Originally posted by zhuangshi:
    Greetings all:

    So I finally got to go see Hotel Rwanda today, and I must say that Don Cheadle did a brilliant job with his role. The entire movie was well done, and it really sheds some light on the event. I mean it is impossible to capture what happened over there to its fullest extent, but the movie does fit a lot of information into the little time they had.
    I missed this thread the first time around but I have recently seen the movie and I completely agree with the comments above!!!

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    They do mention the Belgians a bit, but not to the extent that they should have. I mean I think they should have made a point to capture that the seperate races never really existed until the Belgians were there.
    while they could have mentioned the Belgians more, they do (briefly) mention that the Belgians created the ethnic distinctions, putting the Tutsi in power while they were there, and then giving power to the Hutu upon leaving. There's a seen near the beginning, when the reporters are in the bar at the hotel, and he mentions how he can't tell the difference, cus there really isn't any.

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    Because of what I read in this thread I wanted to know the story, So I bought the movie and watched it lastnight. Its amazing after talkin to other people how very few people know about this even happening.

    But I'm still wanting to find out more. So I'm gonna get the book that was mentioned in the first post and see what it has to say. But just curios, who wrote that book? Was it actually the manager of the hotel or someone else? Like a reporter who was over there at the time.

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    It was written by Philp Gourevitch, a writer for The New Yorker. There's more stories than that of just Paul (the hotel manager) in the book. In fact, the family friend from the movie "Odette" was her name is one of the stories told. You'll end up recognizing a lot of the names.

    here's the amazon link:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0312243359/qid=1115154627/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/104-2762137-2578313?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

    hope this helps.

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    Seth
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    Keith - Thanks for answering my question.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/04/28/rwanda.tribunal.reut/index.html

    And thats a link from cnn, About a specific hutu person who killed and raped tutsi people that was just tried.

    "It brings to 22 the number of people found guilty by the tribunal. Three have been acquitted and another 16 await trial."

    So what happend to all the hutu members who murdered all these people? Im just curios how less then 50 people have had anything happen to them. The other people have to be somewhere you know.

    But I dont know, The whole things so unbelievable.

    -Seth

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    Also, anyone think there will be an end to the things in Darfur anytime soon?
    In one word - no.

    The Bush Administration has normalized relations again with the Sudanese ruling regime, as reported this week. The CIA is reportedly parterning with them to get intelligence.

    I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of lives are worth a little intel these days...

    The Chinese are also reluctant to press the issue and will block any UN vote on sanctions because it has invested heavily in Sudan's energy industry. Cheap oil is obviously more important than human rights to them. Shit, ANYTHING is more important than human lives to the Chinese gvmt. End rant.

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    Seth -

    That's actually something that's discussed in the book. I don't want to give too much away though. Hope you enjoy the read.

    kuri -

    didn't the bush admin or someone like that report that acts of genocide had occured, but not genocide itself?

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