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Hotel Rwanda

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 20 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:202
  1. Chloe Veltman, freelance writer (
  1. San Francisco, United States

    Directed by Terry George

    On release in the United States and Canada UK release date yet to be announced

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    About halfway through Terry George's Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, a hotelier and the central character in the film, steps out of a van that has been run off the road in thick fog one morning, to find himself nose to nose with a corpse. Stumbling to his feet in the swirling mist, he realises that he is staring not just at one cadaver but a landscape strewn with lifeless, bloodied bodies.

    More than 10 years have passed since the Rwandan genocide, in which some 800 000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu Rwandans were methodically hunted down and murdered by government-backed Hutu extremists, while …

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