Thursday, April 06, 2006

Imagining the Real—Paul Rusesabagina: An Ordinary Man

This April marks the 12th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide when almost one million people were killed in Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager who saved the lives of over 1,200 fellow Rwandan people during the horrific events of 1994, and whose story was recently portrayed by Don Cheadle in the film Hotel Rwanda, is on tour with his new book, An Ordinary Man. He'll be making a few Bay Area appearances. Via Stacey's Bookstore and the World Affairs Council, Rusesabagina will discuss the events depicted in the movie, the international response to Rwanda, and his role in this chaotic time on Friday, April 21, noon, at the Marine's Memorial Theater. For reservations and information, call (415) 293-4600. If you're not a member of the World Affairs Council, you will have a second chance to catch Rusesabagina at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books at 7:00 that evening.


afrikakazi said...

could you please google the words rusesabagina+critics, he hasn't really saved a whole lot of people, it's good that his story is told, but it's not entirely true, and if you refer to him it would be nice to also check some critical things. i wrote something about it, but not in english, but the links in my post are to english sources. please check it.

Maya said...

Thank you for your post, Afrikakazi, even if it is somewhat insolent. I'm 52 years old. I've probably slept longer than you've lived, as Bukowski would say. If anyone knows that nothing is entirely true, it would be me. You're presuming I don't know the controversy that surrounds Rusesabagina or the fictions framing the various cinematic projects focusing on the Rwandan massacre. As for whether or not Rusesabagina "saved a whole lot of people", I would prefer to hear what he has to say for himself, which is the gist of my post. I'm merely providing information in case others also want to hear him speak for himself. It's a kneejerk response to facilely criticize the actions of others. And just because you're outspoken doesn't mean you're convincing.