12 certificateHotel Rwanda is a Film programme that first aired in 2004 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Hotel Rwanda is a 5 star programme

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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Directed by
Terry George

Terry George's moving, dramatic film is based on a true story from the Rwanda genocide of 1994. Don Cheadle (pictured, right), plays Hutu Paul Rusesabagina, manager of a four-star hotel in the capital Kigali, married to Tutsi Tatiana (Sophie Okonedo, pictured). When the Hutus start massacring Tutsis, he gives refuge to over 1,000 Tutsis in the hotel and its grounds.

At first, he uses the hotel's stock's of beer, wine and spirits to bribe the marauding murderous Hutu gangs. But as stocks run low, he must use all his diplomatic skills learnt as a successful manager to save not just the lives of the Tutsis but his own and those of his family.

The film also stars Nick Nolte as Col Oliver, a UN representative in the capital who finds himself impotent and without any support as the world abandons Rwanda's Tutsis to their terrible fate.

Cheadle, Okonedo and the writers were all Oscar-nominated for this film while director Terry George had previously worked on the acclaimed Some Mother's Son and In the Name of the Father, both based on equally dramatic true stories.

Cheadle is mesmerising as Paul, a wheeler/dealer who realises lives now depend on his skill, while Nolte's portrait of the frustrated peacekeeper is one of his finest performances. There were some criticisms for the film's focus on such a small incident amid so many deaths but by doing so, like Schindler's List, the microcosm of the events in and around the hotel can better reflect events than a country-wide overview ever could.

Highly recommended.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2004

5/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: UK/Italy/South Africa

Filmed in Colour


Xolani Mali...Policeman
Image for Don CheadleDon Cheadle...Paul Rusesabagina
Desmond Dube...Dube
Hakeem Kae-Kazim...George Rutaganda
Tony Kgoroge...Gregoire
Rosie Motene...Receptionist
Neil McCarthy...Jean Jacques
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole...Head Chef
Image for Nick NolteNick Nolte...Col. Oliver
Fana Mokoena...General Bizimungu
Jeremiah Ndlovu...Old Guard
Image for Sophie OkonedoSophie Okonedo...Tatiana Rusesabagina
Lebo Mashile...Odette
Antonio David Lyons...Thomas Mirama
Leleti Khumalo...Fedens