First things first: While I consider this a Sunday movie, it’s not for children. Some adults may find it difficult to watch, too, so here’s everything you should know about disturbing parts of this movie.
For me, this was one of the most powerful and inspiring movies I’ve ever seen. And Paul Rusesabagina is living proof that you don’t have to have a name I can pronounce to be one of my life heroes.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: I secretly hoped Don Cheadle would bust out his Iron Man suit, but it never happens so don’t get your hopes up.
In the summer of 1994, my biggest worry in life was what to pack for our family’s trip to Disneyland. At that same time, on the other side of the world, hundreds of thousands of other kids were watching men with machetes butcher their families.
This movie is about one man who refused to turn a blind eye to those in need when horrific and unthinkable things were happening to the people around him.
When the Boston bombings occurred, I saw this Mr. Rogers quote floating around social media and I love it:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Paul Rusesabagina was one of those “helpers” during the Rwandan genocide. Not unlike another real-life hero, Paul had forged a strength of character beforehand, and as a result was able to draw upon that integrity in a time of urgent need.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say most of us will never have to worry about whether or not to risk our lives by harboring Tutsi runaways, but we will face decisions that require faith and courage, if even on a smaller scale.
When those moments of decision come, will we have the strength and courage to make the right choice?
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” – Deuteronomy 31:6