Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

August Books 21) Hotel Rwanda: Bringing the True Story of an African Hero to Film, ed. Terry George

This is a companion book to Terry George's film, Hotel Rwanda, which I'm ashamed to say I haven't seen. The events of the 1994 genocide are indeed dramatic and shameful for those who could have intervened but didn't, and George's film successfully raised consciousness about the moral responsibility to protect civilian populations from violence. The book, which I got as a freebie a few years ago, unfortunately isn't an especially good introduction to the subject; it consists of a few short essays by George and others on the background and on how the film came to be made (one of the supporting pieces is riddled with factual errors), bulked out with a transcript of the PBS Frontline documentary on the genocide and the complete screenplay of the film. Still, it reminds me that I should try and see the real thing.
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