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Hotel Rwanda checks in to Iowa State for two nights in October
AMES, Iowa - An upcoming movie and lecture hosted by Iowa State University tell a tale of heroism and bravery during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The events are free and open to the public.
The movie "Hotel Rwanda" depicts the real-life story of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina and his efforts to save more than a thousand countrymen during the slaying of close to a million ethnic minority Tutsis. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16 in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. Award-winning actor Don Cheadle stars as the caring Rusesabagina who risks his family's safety to help others by opening the doors of the five-star hotel he managed.
Ten days later, the real Rusesabagina will present a lecture at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Great Hall, Memorial Union, to recount his first-hand experiences. Born in Rwanda in 1954, Rusesabagina entered missionary school at the age of 8 and later entered the hotel and catering industry. He was manager of the Milles Collines hotel at the start of the Rwanda crises.
The movie and lecture are part of the 2005-06 World Affairs Series that's funded by Government of the Student Body and cosponsored by the departments of women's studies, political science, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Miller Fund, Student Union Board, Bioethics Program and the George Gund Fund
Other lectures in the World Affairs Series are:
The World Affairs Series at Iowa State kicks off with the movie Hotel Rwanda, which depicts the real-life story of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina and his efforts to save more than a thousand countryment during the slaying of close to a million ethnic minority Tutsis. Then two weeks later, the real Rusesabagina presents a lecture on campus.
The movie will be shown at