Hotel Rwanda Imperialism

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Hotel Rwanda is a film about the Rwandan genocide in 1994, and how Hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina saved over one thousand Tutsis. The genocide first begins after the Hutus take government control and want to exact revenge on the Tutsis. On the night of 6 April 1994 a plane carrying then President Juvenal Habyarimana - a Hutu -was shot down, killing everyone on board. Hutu extremists blamed the Tutsis and immediately started a well-organised campaign of slaughter. (Rwanda Genocide: 100 days of slaughter, 2014). It is said that the plane had been shot down by Hutus to provide an excuse for the genocide.With the majority of Rwanda being Hutus, Tutsis have no choice but to hide, or they would face the brutality of Hutus. Paul Rusesabagina is a Hutu himself, but his wife, Tatiana, is a Tutsi. Trying to save his family and other Tutsis, Paul decides to ignore the ongoing conflict between Hutus and Tutsis, and allows Tutsis to take refuge in his hotel. Hotel Rwanda is great at portraying the Rwandan genocide and the…show more content…
Before colonization, both groups raised cattles and were indistinguishable. The people with the most cattle were called Tutsis, and everyone else was Hutu. Germans looked at the Rwandan people and thought that Tutsis were of lighter color, therefore they were granted control over Rwanda’s government. In 1933, the Belgians had control over Rwanda, and wanted to solidify the categories of Tutsis and Hutus by mandating everyone must have an identity card. On this card, you must be labeled as a Hutu or Tutsi. Only ten percent of the Rwandan population was Tutsi, and yet the Tutsis were given control again, angering the Hutus. Later on when facing a revolution instigated by the Hutu, the Belgians let the Hutus be in charge of the government, upsetting the Tutsis. The two groups have had hostility ever since, due to their differences (Rosenberg,

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