‘Hotel Rwanda’

5 Jul

Hotel Rwanda is a filmic representation of Paul Rusesabagina’s attempts to save over 1000 people by offering them shelter in a hotel that he was managing during the Rwandan genocide.

This film would be an interesting addition to my (still hypothetical) unit ‘Representing the Self‘ as it raises some interesting questions about the purposes of representing lives.  Is the intention, for example, to showcase Rusesabagina’s bravery and courage, or is to draw attention to the horrors of the genocide? Can it do both?  If it does both, is the film’s status as a biographical text lessened?

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