Hotel Rwanda, 2004, di Terry George, con Don Cheadle e Sophie Okonedo.
Sono troppo turbato per poter scrivere una vera recensione.
Dico soltanto che ho avuto l’onore di conoscere il comandante Roméo Dallaire (il personaggio interpretato da Nick Nolte) a un’iniziativa di Amnesty, un uomo che non si è mai ripreso da quanto ha vissuto in quei giorni.
Lascio parlare per me la recensione di Salon (qui il testo integrale):
It makes perfect dramatic sense that the colonel, a soldier frustrated by the idiot orders that designated U.N. soldiers “peacekeepers” but prevented them from doing anything that might actually bring about an end to the killing (this is not a pacifist film), would speak in exactly those disgusted tones. (It’s the disgust you find in “Shake Hands With the Devil,” the memoir by the man who is the basis for Nolte’s character, Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire, who was the commander of the U.N. forces in Rwanda.)
The lines make even more sense when you compare them with the words being said at the time by American officials in response to the genocide, words you can find in the excoriating section on Rwanda in Samantha Power’s “‘A Problem From Hell’: America and the Age of Genocide.” Prudence Bushnell, then deputy assistant secretary of state in the Clinton administration, remembers being told, “Look, Pru, these people do this from time to time.” After the evacuation of foreign nationals, Sen. Bob Dole said, “I don’t think we have any national interest there. The Americans are out, and as far as I’m concerned, in Rwanda, that ought to be it.” The Clinton administration consistently opposed use of the word “genocide,” and a position paper from the secretary of defense’s office warned, “Be careful … Genocide finding could commit [the U.S. government] to actually ‘do something.'” “Hotel Rwanda” lets us hear the actual exchange between State Department shill Christine Shelly and Reuters reporter Alan Elsner when Shelly said that “acts of genocide” were taking place in Rwanda but, despite Elsner’s attempts to pin her down, insisted that she could not claim those acts constituted “genocide.”