Film screening: Hotel Rwanda
Based on real life events in Rwanda during the spring of 1994, Hotel Rwanda stars Don Cheadle as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina, who attempts to rescue his fellow citizens from the ravages of the Rwandan Genocide.
The film documents Rusesabagina's acts to save the lives of his family and more than a thousand other refugees, by granting them shelter in the besieged Hôtel des Mille Collines. Hotel Rwanda explores genocide, political corruption, and the repercussions of violence, and will be shown as part of the new programme on Development and the Implications for Law, Justice and Society.
Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative & International Politics at SOAS and author of The Gacaca Courts and Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation in Rwanda, will give a short talk before the screening of the film, in which he will discuss some of the major issues and themes explored in the production.
Praise for Hotel Rwanda
Philip French, The Observer
Claudia Puig, USA Today