Hotel Rwanda

There will be no rescue, no intervention for us. We can only save ourselves. Many of you know influential people abroad, you must call these people. You must tell them what will happen to us... say goodbye. But when you say goodbye, say it as if you are reaching through the phone and holding their hand. Let them know that if they let go of that hand, you will die. We must shame them into sending help.

From Hotel Rwanda, 2004

Poignant drama against the backdrop of civil war and genocide in Rwanda. Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix and Nick Nolte in a film of the true power of an individual deliberately stirred up in the struggle against the ruthless brutality of hate shows. On 7 April 1994 in Rwanda, the civil war broke out between the ruling Hutu militias and the rebels of the Tutsi. In just 100 days, a million people died at the hands of the militias, while the entire Western world locked in front of the bloodiest chapters in recent African history's eyes. HOTEL RWANDA is the true story of an ordinary man who showed unprecedented courage and saved over 1200 people from certain death. Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) stood courageously against the forces that threatened to tear his country. He opened his arms and found a place where hope überlebte.HOTEL RWANDA presents itself in rich 2,35:1-anamorphic widescreen with scanning. In examining the technical characteristics of the transfer, the low video bit rate falls to negative, because only with difficulty she takes refuge with 4.3 Mbps on a more acceptable level.

Surprisingly, we see the picture on this shortcoming hardly. The sharpness of the film is in both the edge and detail representation consistently convincing, although the transfer, the presence of a filter can not entirely disguise. Namely, if one looks closely, one sees very strong backgrounds in color-homogeneous double edges as a result of edge enhancement, in order to stabilize the image and to überschärfen. The compression appears fairly unremarkable, although to make up on homogeneous light surfaces again and again standing artifact structures. Rich colors, contrast and black level of the balanced form a perfect unity, which is what is happening on the screen vividly staged. The master also has no defects or impurities auf.Beim Sound travels the universe to the usual guns: there are both English spy in Dolby Digital 5.1 format. Since HOTEL RWANDA is a dialogued film, you will get heard here, no effect of fireworks. Nevertheless, the mix covers almost permanently to the rear speakers into the events, either in the form of the score or small neighborhood sounds. If, however, whipped in the few action scenes shots from all directions through the air, can detect an audible directionality and dynamics. The subwoofer can also be at regular intervals and assist with a healthy degree of bass pressure the score or what happened. Between the English audio track can no phonetic differences. The dialogues are indeed characterized by a natural dullness, but understanding at all times clear and distinct. Class, the dubbing, which can carry over the spirit of the original in our language. Unfortunately, they can, but the African accent of the actors including Don HOTEL RWANDA not only, but English subtitles have donated. For lovers of the heavily accented original sound is certainly a big help. Unfortunately, the extensive bonus material was crushed along with the main movie on a single disc, which, as already mentioned, especially the picture quality was not very beneficial. Moreover, none of the extras were fitted with subtitles, which is in view of the extraordinary quality of the features extremely annoying.

Hotel Rwanda was a film produced in 2004 by Director and Producer Terry George and starring Don Cheadle. The film was nominated for an academy award, as were Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo, who were nominated for best actor and best supporting actress respectively.

The film is a historical drama based on the events experienced by hotelier Paul Rusesabagina during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide when he offered sanctuary to Tutsi refugees at the Hotel des Mille Collines.

The film retains a focus on the circumstances and context within which inter-tribal tensions between the Tutsi and Hutu communities in Rwanda in 1994, and brings to bear the full horror of the genocide where people couldn't eve neat potatoes since things were so bad, committed primarily against the Tutsi people when these tensions spill over into an all-out civil war. Human tragedy abounds as Rusesabagina realises the great danger posed not only to himself, but to his family. Although he himself is of Hutu heritage, his wife Tatiana, portrayed by Sophie Okonedo, is of Tutsi extraction. This marriage is well known to the local Interahamwe, an extremist militia group hell bent on killing Tutsis and those who collaborate or shelter them. Their brutal leader, Georges Rutuganda, is aware of the predicament within which Paul Rusesabagina finds himself, but is bribed by the hotelier to keep his distance, and prevent a siege of the hotel by the militia.

The situation places the two protagonists, the hotelier and the militia leader in a careful and discrete game of negotiation, pay-offs and favours, with Rusesabagina trying to preserve the safety of his family and the refugees that are hidden inside his hotel. Using his influence, he manages to keep the militia at bay long enough; whilst at the same time caring for the refugees with what resources he has available to him. At the same time, the film provides a poignant reminder that Rusesabagina is both a loyal husband and father, and that in this time of strife and fear; he is able to comfort and protect his wife and child.

As the disaster in Rwanda worsens day by day, Rusesabagina is frustrated and distressed by the lack of support from the international forces in Rwanda, which include a UN Peacekeeping Mission. UN Colonel Oliver, portrayed by Nick Nolte, is characterised as being of no different persuasion, but his hands are tied by politics, and no one can intervene. The Hotel des Mille Collines becomes a very lonely place for Rusesabagina, and the film promotes his emotions well as the mobs continue to loiter ominously just outside the gates.

When the time comes, Paul Rusesabagina persuades the UN to try to evacuate some of the refugees by road, the move fails and his conspiracy to hide the Tutsi people in the hotel is laid bare for all to see. Fearing an imminent siege of the hotel and a massacre, he makes a final roll of the dice and consults the local Rwanda Army General. But to his disbelief, the bribes don’t work on Augustin Bizimungu (played by Fana Mokoena), and the hotelier is forced to make a gamble to save the refugees, himself and his family.

Ultimately, the film is weighted on the imagination of the audience by the scale and intensity of the tragedy, and the very clear reality of what the film represents as a brief insight into the bravery of one man who stood against the might and violence of the Interahamwe for the safety of his family and a thousand strangers.

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