Hotel Rwanda

Factual error: The movie is set in Rwanda in 1994. At the start of the movie you see a billboard advert for MTN, a South African cellular service provider that was not available in Rwanda in 1994.

Factual error: When the mini bus drops off the priest at the hotel, you see a yellow triangular sticker on the side window. This is an ARMSTA sticker. This means the taxi belongs to the "Alexandra Randburg Midrand Taxi Association" in Johannesbug, South Africa. Yet the movie is set in Rwanda.

Continuity mistake: When Paul is talking to George after giving him the Cohiba cigar, at one point, he puts his hand to his face as the camera is facing him. When the shot cuts to George, Paul's hand is down, then immediately back up to his face when the shot cuts back to him.


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General Bizimungu: I commanded no massacres.

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Trivia: The character of Col. Oliver (Nick Nolte) is partly based on that of Canadian Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire who led the UN peacekeeping efforts in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Some have criticised the makers of the film for portraying Dallaire as incompetent and unable to help in almost any way. Dallaire in the conflict despite having a shortage of soldiers, helped set up "safe zones" for Tutsis to escape from the Hutu militia. Dallaire's action have said to have saved around 20,000 from certain death.

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Question: I believe they mentioned it in the movie, but I missed it. How was it decided who is Tutsi and who is Hutu?

Answer: Generally there were two methods, one they had identification badges that mentioned whether they were Tutsi or Hutu. This is evident when Don Cheadle goes to buy supplies and they want to see some ID. The other was simply that people knew each other. Some people would say who was Tutsi and who was Hutu.

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Answer: The ID indicated ethnicity.

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