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Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Synopsis: Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a Hutu, manages the Hôtel des Mille Collines and lives a happy life with his Tutsi wife (Sophie Okonedo) and their three children. But when Hutu military forces initiate a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Tutsi minority, Paul is compelled to allow refugees to take shelter in his hotel. As the U.N. pulls out, Paul must struggle alone to protect the Tutsi refugees in the face of the escalating violence later known as the Rwandan genocide.

FADE IN:

SCREEN TYPE:
THIS IS A TRUE STORY

EXT. KIGALI AIRPORT. DAY

A burning white sun high in a clear blue sky,

PAN DOWN TO:

A rundown (sixties) airport, peeling in the heat.

A mad traffic jam of cars, vans, motorbikes all stopped at a checkpoint

where a RWANDAN POLICEMAN blows his whistle, waves some and stops

others as bored Rwandan soldiers look on.

CLOSE ON:
A white van pulls out of traffic, a balls-out case of line

jumping. HORNS, OBSCENITIES.

A HAND:
Extends from the passenger side of the van, Rwandan francs

pressed neatly between thumb and palm.

The van stops next to the policeman.

POLICEMAN:

Mr. Rusesabagina, good morning.

In the passenger seat PAUL RUSESABAGINA, late 30's, flashes a smile. He

is dressed in a sharp blue suit (always dressed in a neat suit and tie,

it is a matter of pride).

A quick shake of hands. Money passes from one to the other.

EXT. KIGALI AIRPORT TARMAC. DAY

The van parked by the runway tarmac. African music plays on the radio.

Paul drums his fingers, checks his watch.

ZOZO, porter/driver, early thirties, sits nervously.

An airport baggage handler approaches the van.

HANDLER:

Sir, the flight is delayed one more hour.

PAUL:

Thank you.

(to Zozo)

We can get the beer.

ZOZO:

(suddenly worried)

Rutaganda's place?

PAUL:

What's wrong?

ZOZO:

Beg your pardon sir, you are Hutu. You

are safe there.

PAUL:

You are with me, Zozo, don't worry.

Zozo throws the van into gear and speeds off.

EXT. KIGALI STREETS. DAY

The white van, marked "THE HOTEL MILLE COLLINES," whips its way through

Kigali's packed streets and open-air markets.

EXT. KIGALI STREETS. DAY

Zozo works THE HORN, weaves in and out of traffic.

ZOZO:

What is it like to fly on a plane, sir?

PAUL:

It depends where you sit Zozo. In coach

it is like the bus to Giterama.

ZOZO:

That is why they call it coach?

PAUL:

Maybe. But in business class there are

fine wines, linens, Belgian chocolates.

ZOZO:

(impressed)

You have taken business class?

PAUL:

Many times.

Suddenly, Zozo slows.

Paul looks up, SEES: a gathering on the side of the road -- a large

crowd of men dressed in exotically, yet identically colored shirts.

They're members of the INTERAHAMWE - the Hutu Militia.

(Interahamwe - the Hutu Militia will de distinguished by these wildly

colored shirts) They chant, drink beer, dance onto the road,

obstructing cars, threatening the occupants. Several of them perform a

rhythmic dance - the INTERAHAMWE war dance to thumping drumbeat music

from a boombox.

PAUL (CONT'D)

Turn off.

Zozo, scared, looks for a side road, studies the traffic behind.

ZOZO:

There is nowhere to turn, sir.

As the van approaches,

PAUL:

Slow down.

The van pulls up beside the Militia.

PAUL (CONT'D)

Boys, do you know the way to Mr.

Rutagunda's warehouse?

Some Militia approach. They are suddenly friendly, helpful.

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Keir Pearson

Keir Pearson, (born December 15, 1966) is an American Academy Award nominated screenwriter notable for the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda. more…

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