Hotel Rwanda Themes

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Themes
Power and Responsibility
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
 Individuals/groups with power:
 Privileged Western world
 Media
 Paul Rusesabagina
 Colonel Oliver
 General Bizimungu
 George Rutuganda
 Mr Tillens (President of Sabena Airlines/Hotel Owner)
 Describe how each of these characters is powerful and how
they use it.
 Make a continuum showing who uses their power the most
responsibly and who is the least responsible.
The Human Condition
 In your rows discuss these statements and then write a
paragraph for each summing up your discussion, use
examples from the film and society to support your
points:
 Humans need to be inherently selfish in order to
survive.
 Humans seem to have an infinite capacity for
cruelty.
 One person can make a huge difference.
 Co-operation is just as important as competition.
Draw this grid:
Scene
• Foreign
nationals
evacuation
•Bumpy road
along the river
•Ambush
scene
•Final Visit to
Diplomat
Characters
Themes
Techniques
Director’s
Purpose
Compare and contrast:
Scene
• Beginning
•Ending
Characters
Themes
Techniques
Director’s
Purpose
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