Story Line:The harrowing true story of a hotel manager who, against all odds, housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees in a near hopeless effort to save their lives during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
Teaching With This Movie:How was Rwanda’s Reconciliation Committee inspired by South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission? How does this process differ from that used against Nazis after the Holocaust? Where else have Truth and Reconciliation Committees been used?
Idea #2:Of the dozens of genocides which happened in the 20th century, which others also were motivated by ethnic cleansing? How were they similar to the Rwandan genocide and what distinguished them from each other (include international responses)? What is the most recent/ongoing genocide(s)?
Idea #3:Read Rwanda’s 2003 Constitution. What provisions are intended to prevent another genocide? How has the role of women changed since the genocide and why?
Idea #4:Research Rwanda’s colonial past. How did that past contribute to the ethnic genocide in 1994? Visit World Factbook to learn more about the country today.