June 26th, 2006

Hotel Rwanda


Scene one

Colonel Oliver: You should spit in my face.

Paul: Excuse me Colonel?

Colonel Oliver: You’re dirt. We think you’re dirt, Paul.

Paul: Who is we?

Colonel Oliver: The West. All the super powers. Everything you believe in Paul. They think you’re dirt. They think you’re dumb. You’re worthless.

Paul: I am afraid I don't understand what you are saying sir.

Colonel Oliver: Oh come on Paul, You're the smartest man here. You could own this hotel, except for one thing. You could own this freakin' hotel, except for one thing. You're black. You're not even a nigger. You're an African. They’re not going to stay Paul. They’re not going to stop this slaughter.

Scene two

[Jack is showing Fleming footage he acquired of the genocide and Paul overhears.]

Fleming: What is this?

(Jack Daglish puts tape into VCR and then looks at Paul. He hesitates as they make eye contact and then exits. Fleming begins to view tape. He picks up the phone and dials a number.)

Fleming: (over his shoulder to Rwandan) Where did you get this?

Rwandan: Half a mile down the road.

Fleming: (into phone) Fred, it’s David. I’ve got incredible footage. It’s a massacre--dead bodies, machetes. If I get this through right away, can you make the evening news? (He pauses to listen.) Yeah. (He pauses again.) You have to lead with this.

(Scene cuts to the hotel lobby, where Jack Daglish is sitting with a lady. Paul enters.)

Paul: Excuse me, Mr. Daglish.

Jack Daglish: Hey, Paul. Listen, sorry about earlier. If I’d known you were in there, I wouldn’t have—

Paul: I am glad that you have showed this footage, and the world will see it. It is the only way we have a chance, that people might intervene.

Jack Daglish: "And if no one intervenes, is it still a good thing to show? "

Paul: "How can they not intervene, When they witness such atrocities?

Jack Daglish: "I think if people see this footage, they'll say, 'Oh my God that's horrible,' and then go on eating their dinners." [http://www.thesource4ym.com/videoclips/videoclip.asp?ID=147]

FRONTLINE #1710 "The Triumph of Evil" Air Date: January 26, 1999
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