Air Date: April 24, 2010 after the Reel 13 Classic on THIRTEEN
HOTEL RWANDA stars Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, and Joaquin Phoenix. The film is the true story of Paul Rusesabagina (Cheadle), a hotel manager who saved more than a thousand people during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. As his country is torn apart by ethnic conflict, Rusesabagina risks his own life to take in those targeted by the violent Hutu militias. United Nations peacekeepers can only do so much, and Rusesabagina shows extraordinary courage in the face of a terrible evil. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Don Cheadle, Best Supporting Actress for Sophie Okonedo, and Best Original Screenplay.
Director: Terry George
HOTEL RWANDA is the work of Irish-born filmmaker Terry George, who in the 1970s was imprisoned for six years for suspected republican activities in Northern Ireland. At New York’s Irish Arts Center, George met filmmaker Jim Sheridan when Sheridan put on one of his plays in 1985. After Sheridan left the Center to direct the film MY LEFT FOOT, George took over as artistic director. He also began work on his own screenplay about Ireland called IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, which Sheridan would later direct. The two men would share an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for their work. George is currently working on the script for INSIDE MAN 2.