Hotel Rwanda Thoughts
Hotel Rwanda is the most powerful and significant film I have seen in decades. The one thing I was struck by the film is the need for Africa to be independent. The complicity of france in the genocide that occurred is something that Africans need to note quite clearly (If you watch the film there is a telling scene involving a phone call from Rwanda to Belgium to France, back to Rwanda). The same complicity that China has in Darfur because of Oil (I will find a link to a great summary by a Nation correspondent later)is mind boggling. Africans just need to realize that no one cares. If you do not care for each other and take care of each other, others will continue to use your differences to undermine your society, kill your people (or rather have you kill each other – its cheaper for them ofcourse) and rob you blind. Rob you blind since your eyes are fixed on your neighbor. The film is another wake up call. Africa needs to rely on itself. Africa needs to be cynical. We haven't woken up have we?