Rating: Active Eruption
This film is the stunning and devastating tale of the Rwandan genocide, told from the perspective of a hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina (played by Don Cheadle). Paul was promoted to the manager of the hotel, working his way up the management chain by being committed to excellent service for his guests. He knows how to keep everyone happy and comfortable, from the foreign dignitaries to the tourists to the UN officials to the local generals and politicians. When the civil war between the Hutus and Tutsis starts and the killing begins, Paul is caught in the middle of keeping the hotel open and shielding his wife Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo) and family, whose ancestry is on the wrong side of the war. Paul gets caught up in the struggle, and wants to save even more people. He opens the hotel to as many people as possible, but he can only do so much and by that time, it is too late for many people.
This film is an important piece of history, and people need to see it in the hope that this never, ever happens anywhere on this planet again. Itís a powerful and moving film, acted with understanding and compassion.