Over 3 months in 1994, nearly 1 million people were slaughtered in a terrifying genocide in the African country of Rwanda.
Some people think movies are a good medium for making people better aware of news events such as genocide.
The movie Hotel Rwanda documents the story of a man who decided to save as many people as possible, even at great risk to his own life.
Watch a trailer of this movie at the New York Times and read about the movie plot and Rwandan history on Wikipedia pages. CNN Online reviews the movie: Standout acting performances in important film, and BBC online reports on Hotel Rwanda as well as other movies that tackle the Rwandan genocide.
Read Hotel Rwanda: Interview with Paul Rusesabagina at OutNow to find out what the real-life hero of the movie has to say about the movie that told his story, the genocide, and his life today.
What do you think?
- Paul Rusesabagina repeatedly risked his life to rescue people from genocide while the governments of many countries chose not to intervene in the Rwandan genocide. What do you think moved Paul to act in spite of great personal risk?
- Why didn't Western governments intervene to save lives in Rwanda?
- What moves any of us to act, or not act, in these kinds of situations? Why do people sometimes choose to ignore terrible things that are happening to other people and not intervene?