An Oscar-nominated film that chronicles the heroic actions of Thursday’s assembly speaker during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide will be screened Monday, Nov. 4 at 3:20 p.m. in Ahmanson Lecture Hall.
Upper school visual arts department head Cheri Gaulke had the idea of providing an opportunity for students to watch “Hotel Rwanda” as a way to prepare for Paul Rusesabaginas’s visit.
Rusesabagina, played by Don Cheadle in the film, successfully protected more than 1,200 refugees from both sides of the genocide, in which members of the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups hacked each other to death using hand weapons, killing an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000.
He was then the manager of Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and hid the people inside, using the connections he had from his job and bribes to keep attackers away.
The film is rated PG-13 and will last 121 minutes.