Hotel Rwanda script
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.


Thank you.

The driver of the forklift, anxiously, spins the machine to return the

crate but it slides off and CRASHES onto the floor: MACHETES, hundreds

of them, spill out.

An awkward moment then George picks one of the crude blades.


A bargain buy, from China. Ten cents

each, I'll get a dollar.


At least.

Off Zozo terrified.


A Sabena airliner lands. Passengers disembark via a roll-up staircase.

Paul's van pulls up by the luggage belt.

A large polystyrene box comes down the conveyor belt. It has Brussels -

Kigali destination stickers all over it.

As Zozo picks it up, water sloshes from the lid.


The ice has melted!

Zozo goes to open it.


Don't. Let's go.

Paul slips money to two customs officials.


The van speeds through traffic. More traffic jams, Zozo edges up on the

sidewalk. Then at an intersection they see.

THE INTERAHAMWE PARADE - a mass of young men and women, most in the

same colorful uniform. Line after line, waves all performing the

INTERAHAMWE war dance, in wild hypnotic sync, many wave sticks, spears,

wooden imitation guns. A large banner reads, "Hutu Power."

A flatbed truck, speakers blare drumbeat music. On it GEORGE RUTAGUNDA

dances the DANCE and waves a machete to the crowd.

Zozo sinks down behind the wheel.


Sit up, smile, Zozo, don't attract

attention to yourself.


Boss, some of those men are my neighbors,

they know I'm Tutsi.

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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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