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Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

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Paul Rusesabagina
Xolani Mali ...
Policeman
Desmond Dube ...
Dube
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George Rutaganda
Tony Kgoroge ...
Gregoire
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Receptionist
Neil McCarthy ...
Jean Jacques
Mabutho 'Kid' Sithole ...
Head Chef (as Kid Sithole)
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Colonel Oliver
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General Bizimungu
Jeremiah Ndlovu ...
Old Guard
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Tatiana Rusesabagina
Lebo Mashile ...
Odette
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Thomas Mirama
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Fedens
Kgomotso Seitshohlo ...
Anais
Lerato Mokgotho ...
Carine
Mosa Kaiser ...
Elys Rusesabagina
Mathabo Pieterson ...
Diane Rusesabagina
Ofentse Modiselle ...
Roger Rusesabagina
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David
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Jack Daglish
Lennox Mathabathe ...
Peter
Mothusi Magano ...
Benedict
Noxolo Maqashalala ...
Chloe - Prostitute
Thulani Nyembe ...
Jean Baptiste (as Thulane Nyembe)
Simo Mogwaza ...
Hutu Captain (as Simo Magwaza)
Mirriam Ngomani ...
Gregoire's Girlfriend
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Pat Archer
Harriet Lenabe ...
Alice the Waitress (as Harriet Manamela)
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Priest
Mduduzi Mabaso ...
Hutu Lieutenant
Sonni Chidiebere ...
Militiaman
Thomas Kariuki ...
Xavier
Sibusiso Mhlangu ...
Militiaman (as Sibusiso Mhlongo)
Ashleigh Tobias ...
Medic
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Nurse (uncredited)
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Hotel Staff (uncredited)
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Mr. Tillens - Sabena Airlines President (uncredited)

Directed by

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Terry George

Written by

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Keir Pearson ... (written by) &
Terry George ... (written by)

Produced by

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Sam Bhembe ... executive producer
Roberto Cicutto ... executive producer
Izidore Codron ... co-executive producer
Sally French ... line producer
Terry George ... producer
A. Kitman Ho ... producer
Martin Katz ... executive producer (as Martin F Katz)
Francesco Melzi d'Eril ... executive producer (as Francesco Melzi D'Eril)
Nick Meyer ... co-executive producer
Luigi Musini ... co-producer
Keir Pearson ... co-executive producer
Bridget Pickering ... co-producer
Duncan Reid ... executive producer
Hal Sadoff ... executive producer

Music by

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Afro Celt Sound System
Rupert Gregson-Williams
Andrea Guerra

Cinematography by

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Robert Fraisse ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Naomi Geraghty

Editorial Department

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Lisa Clifford-Owen ... assistant editor
Thato Segoto ... trainee: editing
Arturo Sosa ... post-production consultant
Nicci Van Niekerk ... assistant editor (as Christelle Nicole Van Niekerk)
Verity Wislocki ... post-production coordinator
Kenny Becker ... final color timer (uncredited)
Louise Mycielski ... rushes telecine supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Underwood ... digital intermediate colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Moonyeenn Lee
Richard Pagano ... (as Rick Pagano)
Sarah Trevis ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Johnny Breedt
Tony Burrough

Art Direction by

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Emma MacDevitt

Set Decoration by

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Flo Ballack ... (as Estelle 'Flo' Ballack)

Costume Design by

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Ruy Filipe

Makeup Department

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Suzanne Belcher ... chief makeup artist
Angie Boshoff ... crowd makeup artist
Tania Brooke ... makeup artist
Jacques Gerber ... crowd hairdresser
Charles Khoza ... hair assistant
Marli Kruger ... makeup assistant: extras
Gladys Tshidi Phokompe ... makeup assistant
Lianne Scott ... makeup assistant
Melissa Slabbert ... makeup assistant
Suzanne Stokes-Munton ... chief hairdresser

Production Management

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Renier Gerhard Cordier ... assistant unit manager
Oorlagh George ... production manager: Kigali
A. Kitman Ho ... unit production manager
Alistair Hopkins ... post-production supervisor
Hendrik H. Spangenberg ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Carin de Kock ... second second assistant director (as Carin De Kock)
A. Kitman Ho ... second unit director
Vincent Moloi ... assistant director trainee
Alex Oakley ... second assistant director (as Alexander Oakley)
Lance Roehrig ... second second assistant director
Lionel Steketee ... first assistant director
Chris van Latum ... second second assistant director (as Christian Van Latum)

Art Department

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Fourie Ackerman ... head scenic (as Hermanus 'Fourie' Ackerman)
Paul Barker ... greens assistant
Ray Berman ... draughtsman / storyboard artist
Ralf Buchmann ... prop master
Marina Helena Constandse ... art department runner
Graham Derrocks ... construction foreman
Tamzin Ellett ... art department coordinator
Bryn George ... prop master
Brendan Gifford ... stand-by carpenter
Mitch Gordon ... greensman
Shira Hockman ... draughtsman
Marsha Holtzhausen ... scenic
Mohammed Hoosain ... construction
Pieter Willem Kleinhaus ... rigger / welder
Melinda Launspach ... scenic artist
Michel John Law ... greens assistant (as Michael John Law)
Bongani Ledwaba ... set dresser
Kerwin Macks ... storeman
Marlon Macks ... construction runner (as Marlon Brando Macks)
Louis Marais ... construction foreman
Winston Mazibuko ... set dresser
Alfred Mkwanazi ... construction assistant
Bheki Mncube ... props
Raymond Muller ... construction manager (as Raymond G. Muller)
George Ndlovu ... stand-by set dresser
Archibald Nkosi ... set dresser
Richard Ntuli ... scenic
Thomas Potsane ... set dresser
Theron Ramatladi ... props assistant
James Ryan ... art department runner
Vicky Sawkins ... assistant set dresser
Hertzog Schalekamp ... draughtsman
Samson Sitole ... assistant stand-by
Ralph Smit ... storeman
Julian Stobbs ... assistant greensman
James Lee Taylor ... props buyer
Ashleigh Tobias ... set dresser
Bob Toms ... stand-by props
Isaac Tsotetsi ... set dresser
Keith Ricardo Vander Vent ... construction supervisor (as Keith Ricardo Van Der Vent)
Catharine Fletcher Incaprera ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Werner Pretorius ... soft prop and stunt weaponry (uncredited)
Michael Rossouw ... junior carpenter (uncredited) / props (uncredited)
Jackie Yau ... set decorator: UK (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Damiano Antinori ... ProTools operator: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Peter Burgess ... foley artist
Paul Carr ... foley mixer
Doug Cooper ... re-recording mixer (as Douglas Cooper)
Anneline De Kock ... sound assistant
Andie Derrick ... foley artist (as Andi Derrick)
Tom Johnson ... re-recording mixer
Andy Kennedy ... sound effects editor
Nick Lowe ... adr editor
Conor Mackey ... adr editor
John Midgley ... production sound mixer
Nigel Mills ... supervising sound editor
Mark Paterson ... foley mixer
June Prinz ... boom operator
Emily Reynolds ... assistant sound editor
Ashley Seale ... sound trainee
Nigel Stone ... dialogue editor
David Sutton ... boom operator
Andy Thompson ... adr mixer
Mike Wood ... foley editor
Vladislav Boyadjiev ... sound assistant (uncredited)
Curt Cash ... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Nick Foley ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Jim Petrak ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Jamie Roden ... adr mixer (uncredited)
James Seddon ... dolby consultant (uncredited)
Ted Swanscott ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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David Mahlangu ... special effects coordinator
Gavin Meadon ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Lyndy Brown ... studio manager: Baseblack Ltd
Mike Connolly ... senior compositor: Baseblack Ltd (as Michael Connolly)
Stephen Elson ... visual effects producer: Baseblack Ltd
Per Karefelt ... 3d artist: Baseblack Ltd
John Kozak ... systems administration: Baseblack Ltd
Donal Nolan ... compositor: Baseblack Ltd
Chris Panton ... effects animator: Baseblack Ltd / senior compositor: Baseblack Ltd
Paul Poetsch ... senior compositor: Baseblack Ltd
Petra Schwane ... compositor: Baseblack Ltd
Clare Tinsley ... visual effects coordinator: Baseblack Ltd
Val Wardlaw ... 3d lead: Baseblack Ltd / visual effects supervisor: Baseblack Ltd
Tim Baxter ... film recording (uncredited)

Stunts

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Graham Press ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Blid Alsbirk ... still photographer (as Karin Blid Alsbirk)
Simon Cave ... electrician
Frank Connor ... special still photographer
Lars Cox ... camera focus: "a" camera
Vincent G. Cox ... camera operator: additional footage
Shani Hayward ... camera loader: "a" camera
Kevin Jewison ... camera operator: "a" camera
Troy Lee ... camera loader: "b" camera
Alfred Manzini ... electrician
Patric Mashilo ... grip (as Patrick Mashilo)
Godfrey Nkese ... generator operator
Charl Phyfer ... key grip
Peter Sekele ... video assist trainee
Kenneth Shange ... second company grip
Mark Sherman ... assistant lighting technician
Emmanuel Chonco Sithole ... electrician (as Emmanuel Chonco)
Bruce Thomas ... chief lighting technician
Derek Ueckermann ... loader
Deon Vermeulen ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Anton Wehmeyer ... camera focus: "b" camera
Wesley Williams ... grip

Casting Department

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Vanessa Baker ... voice casting
Brendan Donnison ... voice casting
Janet Farris ... casting associate (uncredited)
Belinda Kruger ... casting assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Trevis ... casting director: UK (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Izelle Borejszo ... wardrobe assistant (as Zelle Borejszo)
Sannah Happy Dedibe ... seamstress
Mathilda Engelbrecht ... pattern cutter
Melanie Finch ... wardrobe
Tamlin French ... wardrobe
Melissa Gates ... wardrobe assistant
Peta Hunter ... wardrobe mistress
Melanie Lubbe ... wardrobe assistant
Natalie Lundon ... wardrobe assistant
Thembi Madladla ... wardrobe assistant (as Thembi Faith Madlala)
Vivienne Mahloko ... wardrobe trainee
Ada Meyer ... wardrobe assistant
Brenda Mogale ... seamstress
Rose Ntombi Parker ... seamstress
Zahele Rathlepe ... seamstress
Shelele Sekhu ... wardrobe assistant
Natacha T. Stevens ... wardrobe assistant (as Natasha T. Stevens)
Warren Van Niekerk ... wardrobe runner
Johannes Christian Vorster ... wardrobe
Hayley Carreira ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Bruce Thackwell ... location manager
Danielle Gia Vinokur ... location assistant

Music Department

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Lorne Balfe ... music programmer: Rupert Gregson-Williams' compositions
Becky Bentham ... music supervisor: Hot House Music
Budd Carr ... executive music supervisor
Simon Changer ... track laying: Rupert Gregson-Williams' compositions
Michael Connell ... music editor
Coro Da Camera Del C.I.M.A. ... choir: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Mario Crispi ... musician: ethnic woods soloist, Andrea Guerra's compositions
Guy Fletcher ... music mixer: A-Bay Studios, Rupert Gregson-Williams' compositions
Rebecca Gatrell ... music supervisor: Hot House Music (as Becca Gatrell)
Andrea Guerra ... orchestrator: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Christian Henson ... music programmer: Rupert Gregson-Williams' compositions
Alastair King ... additional score arranger: Rupert Gregson-Williams' compositions
Giannandrea Mazza ... maestro assistant: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Dorothee Munyaneza ... musician: 'tall trees' featured vocals, Andrea Guerra's compositions
Gianfranco Plenizio ... conductor: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Tony Puia ... midi programmer: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Luca Salvadori ... orchestrator: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Marco Streccioni ... music engineer: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Attilio Tucci ... music assistant engineer: Andrea Guerra's compositions
Nora Felder ... executive music producer (uncredited)
Joe Henson ... music programmer (uncredited)
Asen Kanchev ... music production manager (uncredited)
Tracy McKnight ... executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Alysia Oakley ... assistant to executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Sean Berkhout ... transport manager
Steven David Clayton ... assistant action vehicle coordinator
Jimmy Davies ... action vehicles coordinator
Pieter De Lange ... action vehicles coordinator
Eugene Kok ... action vehicle assistant
Elias Makhanya ... driver
Albert Maphosho ... driver
Gabriel Mashaba ... driver (as Gabriel Machaba)
Lesiba Joe Mphela ... transport coordinator
Hodges Sibeko ... driver
Jannie Visser ... transport coordinator

Other crew

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Alison Brister ... legal: Ingenious Films
Cher Budd ... assistant: Terry George
Elaine Burt ... production coordinator
Sandra Butterworth ... dialect coach
Rita Dal Chiappa ... production secretary: Mikado Film
Gert Cordier ... medic
Felicity Downing ... assistant accountant
Michael David Driscoll ... armorer
Cheryl Eatock ... production runner
Jana Eramus ... assistant production coordinator
Clair Evans ... assistant crowd coordinator
Janice Finegan ... medic
Nicholas Finegan ... medic
Ferdinanda Frangipane ... production delegate: Italy. Mikado Film
Retha Geldenhuys ... accounts assistant
Bob Gibson ... army advisor
Rob Harris ... publicity consultant
Natalie Hook ... assistant: Don Cheadle
Leigh Human ... production travel
Paula Jalfon ... physical production: Ingenious Films
Raymond Kalisa ... assistant production coordinator: Kigali
Paul Kamera ... production assistant: Kigali
Ashley Kravitz ... script clearance: Joan Pearce Research Associates
Darryl Kruger ... base camp manager
Brian Letlhabane ... assistant: Terry George
M.J. Magbanua ... consultant: special projects
Sirish Malde ... auditor: Malde & Co.
Joseph Malele ... production runner
Arthur Manson ... producer's representative
Steven Maresch ... unit publicist
Ciara McGowan ... assistant production coordinator
David Mellor ... post-production accountant
Hugo Mellor ... assistant post-production accountant
Sello Molefe ... training coordinator
Leon Morenzie ... dialect coach
Duma Nkosi ... script supervisor trainee
Claribel Nkwili ... production assistant
Brawley Nolte ... assistant: Nick Nolte
Elisabetta Olmi ... edition coordinator: Mikado Film
Vincent Thuso Paneng ... assistant: Sophie Okonedo
Matt Polish ... assistant: Nick Nolte
Fiona Ramsay ... dialect coach (as Fiona Ramsey)
Neo Raphoto ... production trainee
Paul Rusesabagina ... consultant
Ashok Shah ... auditor: Malde & Co.
Diana Sikhosana ... production office craft
Olly Steele ... special affects
Nanie Taylor ... tutor
Alistair Thompson ... production accountant
Jane Trower ... first assistant accountant
Melvin Van Ross ... cashier
Lisa Vick ... script supervisor
Bruce Wentzel ... armorer
Hendrix White ... on-set mechanic
David Williams ... crowd coordinator
Janine Williams ... production accommodation
Danny Wimborne ... assistant: Terry George
Lesley Wise ... legal: Ingenious Films
Michael Barnes ... financial legal services (uncredited)
Scott Challgren ... legal assistant (uncredited)
Rachel James ... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Eric Kops ... publicist (uncredited)
Richard McCarthy ... freight coordinator (uncredited)
Michael S. Murphey ... film finances representative (uncredited)
Robert Nickson ... financing (uncredited)
Chris Roland ... production & financing consultant (uncredited)
Jack Turner ... production executive (uncredited)

Thanks

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Joseph Demali ... the producers wish to thank: Kigali, Rwanda
Basil Ford ... the producers wish to thank: The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
Jean Baptiste Gasisira ... the producers wish to thank: Kigali, Rwanda
Anita Haguma ... the producers wish to thank: Kigali, Rwanda
Khalipha Edward Mbalo ... the producers wish to thank: The National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa
Zama Mkosi ... the producers wish to thank: The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa
Mogopodi Mokoena ... the producers wish to thank: Director General of Gauteng Provisional Government
Jean De Dieu Ntiruhungwa ... the producers wish to thank: Kigali, Rwanda
Odette Nyiramilimo ... the producers wish to thank: Kigali, Rwanda
Mbhazima Shilowa ... the producers wish to thank: Premier of Gauteng Provisional Government
Themba Sibeko ... the producers wish to thank: Gauteng Film Office
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Plot Summary

1994. In Rwanda, the classification of the native population into Hutus and Tutsis, arbitrarily done by the colonial Belgians, is now ingrained within Rwandan mentality despite the Rwandan independence. Despite the Belgians having placed the Tutsis in a higher position during the Belgian rule, they have placed the majority Hutus in power after independence. Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu married to a Tutsi, Tatiana Rusesabagina, is the House Manager of the Hotel Des Milles Collines in Kigali. The Milles Collines, owned by Sabena (the national airline of Belgium), is a four-star hotel catering primarily to wealthy white westerners. Paul, who knows how to work the system to run the hotel effectively for its guests and for Sabena, is proud that most of the Caucasians who he meets in this professional capacity treat him with respect. After a specific incident, the relative calm between the Tutsi guerrillas and government-backed Hutu militia takes a turn. Paul's thought that the native population as a whole who are not directly involved in the conflict will be protected as the UN peacekeeping forces and thus the world is watching doesn't happen as the western world largely evacuates from Rwanda and abandons the natives. Such begins what will become a genocide of the Tutsi population. Paul, who is able to get his immediate family to the hotel which is still largely seen as a place of sanctuary, will have to use the considerable skills he has used to run the hotel as well as he has instead to keep himself, his family and any others taking refuge at the hotel alive, whether they be Hutu or Tutsi. Meanwhile, Colonel Oliver, a Canadian heading the UN peacekeeping forces, and Pat Archer with the Red Cross do what they can to assist Paul and to get people to safety first to the hotel then out of the country, while field journalists, like photographer Jack Daglish, try to bring the genocide back into the global media to have the world once again care about what is going on. Written by Huggo

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Taglines When a country descended into madness and the world turned its back, one man had to make a choice See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hôtel Rwanda (France)
  • Hotel Ruanda (Germany)
  • Hotel Ruanda (Hungary)
  • Hotelul Rwanda (Romania)
  • Ruandos viešbutis (Lithuania)
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Runtime
  • 121 min
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Box Office

Budget $17,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP381,601, 04 Mar 2005
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $36,532,987

Did You Know?

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Trivia The screenwriter spent one year writing the first draft of the script. During the process, he called the Rwandan embassy in DC. The woman who picked up the phone was a survivor who stayed at the Milles Collines Hotel. See more »
Goofs The land now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo is called "Congo" in the movie. From 1971 until 1997 the country was officially called Zaire and would have been named as such in formal references. On the other hand, this area was known as Congo from 1877 to 1971. It should not be unusual for a character in the movie to refer to it as Congo (e.g. as old habit or custom). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Umqombothi See more »
Crazy Credits Part of the profits from this film shall go to The Rwandese Survivors Fund. See more »
Quotes Paul Rusesabagina: I am glad that you have shot this footage and that the world will see it. It is the only way we have a chance that people might intervene.
Jack: Yeah and if no one intervenes, is it still a good thing to show?
Paul Rusesabagina: How can they not intervene when they witness such atrocities?
Jack: I think if people see this footage they'll say, "oh my God that's horrible," and then go on eating their dinners.
[pause]
Jack: What the hell do I know?
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