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Genocide film retains strong power to shock

Hotel Rwanda with Terry George Q&A, The MAC

By Amanda Ferguson

In 100 days in Rwanda one million people were murdered - just 21 years ago.

In Belfast-born director Terry George's emotional movie, Don Cheadle stars as Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu hotel manager and family man whose real-life story the film is based upon.

His Tutsi wife, Tatiana, played by Sophie Okonedo, and their children, are at risk when Hutu military forces initiate a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, or 'cockroaches' as they are referred to.

Paul allows refugees to shelter at the hotel in Kigali as he battles to protect them and his family from death by machete.

Genocide is a heavy topic for a Saturday, but nonetheless the 2004 film remains a worthwhile cinematic experience.

The event at the Mac was greatly enhanced by a live Q&A with a Terry George from his New York home.

The Oscar-winning director of The Shore revealed he was working on a film about the Armenian genocide a century ago.

Four stars

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