President: Hotel Rwanda is inaccurate

Rwandan president Paul Kagame has criticised the Oscar-nominated movie Hotel Rwanda for not portraying his country's 1994 genocide accurately.

Rwandan president Paul Kagame has criticised the Oscar-nominated movie Hotel Rwanda for not portraying his country's 1994 genocide accurately.

The controversial film was directed, written and produced by Terry George and stars Don Cheadle as Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who saved more than 1,200 Tutsi refugees. Eight hundred thousand Tutsis and Hutus were killed during 100 days of savage violence in the African country.

During a visit to Washington DC on Wednesday, Kagame disputed Hotel Rwanda's portrayal of Rusesabagina as a hero.

Kagame said: "It has nothing to do with Rusesabagina. He just happened to be there accidentally, and he happened to be surviving because he was not in the category of those being hunted.

"Someone is trying to rewrite the history of Rwanda and we cannot accept it."

Kagame claims the hotel became a safe haven partly because United Nations forces were staying there and because the killers drank beer there.

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