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By Kirsten Laskey

Ordinary people, your average bankers, waitresses and hotel managers, tend to get overlooked, because, well, they’re ordinary. They are just like the person standing next to them.

The movie, “Hotel Rwanda,” dispels this conventional thought. It proves that the average man and woman can actually be far from ordinary, they can be extraordinary.

The movie focuses on Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a manager of a posh hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. At the beginning of the film, things are going well for Paul’s wife Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo), Paul and their children. Paul’s success as a hotel manager has secured the family a place in the upper-middle class.

Plus, they are a close knit-family; Tatiana’s brother and sister-in-law and their daughters spend a lot of time with the Rusesabaginas.

Yet something terrible brews and leaks into every crevice of Paul’s and his family’s life. The toxic poison spills out over the whole country and forces Paul, his family and about 1,200 others to seek refuge at the hotel where Paul works.

After being ruled by the Tutsi tribe while Rwanda was under Belgium control, many members of the Hutu tribe seize their revenge through genocide. As a result, the challenge to see if the hotel is truly “the oasis in the desert,” as it claimed to be, begins.


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