Friday, December 31, 2004

Two films to look for

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide that cost nearly a million lives in the central African country. Hollywood recently released a film called Hotel Rwanda (CNN's review: here).

It's primarily about the real life Paul Rusesabagina, who was manager of the Hotel Mille-Collines, a luxury hotel in Rwanda's capital Kigali. He is reknown for saving the lives of well over 1000 Tutsis during the nightmarish middle of 1994. His courageous actions were explored in great detail in Philip Gourevitch's brilliant We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (Powells.com review: here; it's the most powerful book I've ever read).

Hotel Rwanda is not only one of the best movies of the year; it is also probably the most important movie of the year.The film is not only one of the best movies of the year; it is also probably the most important movie of the year, concludes CNN.

It's definitely a film to see, in the unlikely event it appears at your local multiplex.

Another film on Rwanda to look for is entitled 100Days (official film website: here). 100Days has a more documentary feel, according to this review in The Boston Globe. Though lacking a big star like Hotel Rwanda's Nick Nolte, 100Days film suffers from distribution troubles.

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