The Accuracy Of The 1994 Rwandan Genocide Portrayed In The Film 'hotel Rwanda'

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This film is a very accurate portrayal of the actions and thoughts of Paul during the around 100-day ordeal of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. For the film Paul served as a special consultant to the United Artists and Lion's Gate Films' production and he was there during the filming process to offer his opinions and advice. However, although the film followed the general gist of what happened, some scenes have been changed or added at the director's discretion as the director believes a film's principle aim is to get people to see it, to enjoy it, and receive the message.The film gives a better comprehension of the suffering and emotions of the Rwandan people during the crisis. Instead of reading bare facts from a book or newspaper, the films shows using colour, lighting, sound and scenery what the people went through and enlists more emotion and deeper understanding from viewers. The film is a message to people so they can tell others of what they have seen and also a release for the Rwandans who didn't get to tell their story. Because the movie is a source of entertainment, it has led many people to view it who otherwise wouldn't have heard about it and serves as a way of awakening many people to the genocide occurring elsewhere in the world right now.Paul has spoken about the film's potential to spread the word about the genocide; it has received more publicity because of its 3 Oscar nominations, and its accuracy in displaying the history.However, he also says, the reality was much worse but the director had to play it down to get it to receive its American PG-13 rating. The director, Terry George thought 12 and 13 year olds were old enough to deal with and learn about the genocide.(Quote from Terry George) "I want to reach a wide audience, I want to make a movie, a film that everyone could go and see and not feel that they have to turn their heads away, and get caught up in the tension of it, they'd be caught up in the love story between, the devoted husband and wife, and also caught up in the human drama, feeling that they are with Paul. So, the horrific element of it, it was important for me not to focus on that at all, I didn't want anyone to feel that they could avoid this film because it was gory and it would be distasteful to them."Hotel Rwanda stands out from many other Hollywood 'historical' films as it not only stuck to the basic story, but it created an almost exact replication of what went on in Rusesabagina's life during this period."The great thing about Paul's story is that a vast bulk of it is totally true, I had to string a few things along together, a, to tell the story of the genocide, and b, to make it move at a certain speed. There's a few compilations and a couple of invented scenes, but overall, that's what happened," the director said during an interview for the 'special features' of the Hotel Rwanda DVD.An invented scene in the movie in which Paul breaks down in a locker room after seeing a riverside road piled high with...

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