Although these days, Rwanda has recovered from the horrific genocide in the 90’s and is known more for it’s wonderful opportunities for gorilla trekking and the spectacularly beautiful ‘Volcanoes National Park’, it very much shaped the country’s destiny: And no film gives us such a grim, honest and powerful reminder about those dark events. This film about the genocide, directed by Northern Ireland’s Terry George, follows the story of Paul Rusesabangina, who was a hotel manager who took the courage to house and shelter over a thousand Tutsi refugees when the genocide kicked off and reached it’s climax, with Hutu militias flowing through the countryside and cities, hacking to death men, women and children indiscriminately. Paul manages to the keep the Hutu militias at bay for days, through bribing militia men with alcohol and money and other hotel services. Eventually, the United Nations come and evacuate the foreigners from the hotel, but they are strictly forbidden to evacuate any Hutu or Tutsis. The leader of the UN Peacekeepers – Canadian, Colonel Oliver – eventually becomes so guilt ridden at what he sees, he breaks these orders and attempts to evacuate a group of refugees and Paul’s family, but they are ambushed and come under heavy fire and are forced to retreat. Paul is then all alone in desperately trying to save the last of the refugees by himself…Telling anymore would be spoiling a nail biting ending to a gripping film, that was nominated for numerous Academy Awards and won the Toronto and Berlin Intentional Film Festivals Best Movie awards.