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March film reviews

Hotel Rwanda
This story of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) portrays the horrific events that unfolded in 1994 Hutu militia uprising in Rwanda. The details of why and how the uprising happened are described in detail so that all watching can appreciate how such genocide could come about in this day and age. The film focuses on the events of the Hotel of which Paul Rusesabagina is manager, and how it came to be refuge for hundreds of refugees fleeing the Interahamwe Militia. Disturbing because of the truth involved, and moving because of the hope that shines through, Hotel Rwanda is a deeply thought provoking piece of cinema.


Bride and Prejudice
Indian director Gurinder Chadha has turned the sometimes languid Jane Austen tale Pride and Prejudice into an energetic, Indian film filled with colour, movement and excitement. Mysterious Darcy (Australian Martin Henderson) fancies Indian Lalita (Aishwarya Rai) but the path to true love was never smooth. We explore the world of Bollywood where there is a kitschy song and dance for every occasion. The colour of India is contrasted when the characters visit London and Los Angeles making the western world seem very drab indeed. If you can get past the melodrama, this film is very entertaining indeed!

March book reviews