We will be watching Hotel Rwanda this week. Here are the follow-up questions:
1. What kind of person does Paul initially appear to be to viewers?
2. What event seems to precipitate the genocide? Is the political, historical context handled by the film adequately? (Was enough information given to explain why the genocide occurred?) Explain.
3. What are Paul's initial expectations of a Western response to Rwanda's crisis?
4. Explain the UN Colonel’s disturbing comments on the UN’s decision not to intervene. What do you think he means when he tells Paul, “You’re not even a nigger. You're African!”?
5. Describe your reaction to the scene immediately after Paul’s meeting with Rutaganda (in car with Gregoire). Why do you think the filmmakers decided to film the genocide this way?
6. How is Paul able to convince General Bizimungu into helping him at the end? What does this say about how the outcome of the war might have ended differently?
7. To what degree do we witness the Rwandan genocide in the film?
8. Based on the end of the film, what might you speculate about Rwanda's future (from the perspective of 1994)?