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Thousands Attend Genocide Movie <i>Hotel Rwanda</i> Premiere in Kigali

Standing with his wife Tatiana, Paul Rusesabagina answers questions at White House after a meeting with President Bush (File photo - Feb. 17, 2005)
Three days before the 11th anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, thousands of Rwandans attended the premiere of Hotel Rwanda, a Hollywood movie that gave an account of one man's attempt to save lives from the slaughter.

The Oscar-nominated movie was shown Monday night in the capital Kigali's main stadium.

Hotel Rwanda is based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, whose hotel in Kigali became a safe haven for over 1,200 people fleeing militiamen at the height of the genocide.

The movie brought tears to many survivors of the genocide as well as cheers as the Tutsi-led rebels, who are now Rwanda's rulers, killed Hutu fighters.

An estimated 800,000 people in Rwanda, mainly ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus, were hacked or shot to death by extremist Hutus from April to June 1994.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.