Greater love hath no man than this
Some men will not give up or give in to anything. Such men are the stuff of legend and great historical films like Hotel Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina, played by Don Cheadle, was exactly that sort of man who stood against genocide and protected the innocent.
The film is beautifully shot and does not over dramatize so that the audience can grasp the message behind story through the lens of their own experience. It narrates the protagonists heroism against the enemy forces who want to wipe out a whole race.
Art for art’s sake is a hollow phrase and this film epitomizes what cinema art can achieve through its medium. We cherish his selfless act by immortalizing it in film so that others can draw inspiration from his bravery and learn from the tragedy of history.
“She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”
“I think you are another of these desert-loving English: Doughty, Stanhope, Gordon of Khartoum.
No Arab loves the desert. We love water and green trees, there is nothing in the desert. No man needs nothing.”
— Prince Faisal
“There will be no rescue, no intervention for us. We can only save ourselves. Many of you know influential people abroad, you must call these people. You must tell them what will happen to us... say goodbye. But when you say goodbye, say it as if you are reaching through the phone and holding their hand. Let them know that if they let go of that hand, you will die. We must shame them into sending help.”
— Paul Rusesabagina