Cultureas stated earlier on is a peculiar form of advancement in customs, arts,beliefs associated with a group of people. Culture is the characteristic of afamily and is what draws and binds them together in challenging times. HotelRwanda is a historical movie that depicted how family values and cultureinfluenced a man to risk his life to save a group of people from a differentethnic group. The genocide in Rwanda wasa result of ethnic disunity between the Hutus and Tutsis ended with almost amillion people dead. Paul Rusesabagina stood out as hero holding onto hiscultural belief during the civil war that ethnicity does not make one superiorover the other.
Conclusion The Rusesabagina’s family level of functional competencyas shown in the film is exceptional. This is because Paul took it upon himself torisk his life and that of his family by hiding the Tutsis who were being murderedby the Hutus. His tactics worked out perfectly in bribing army generals thatprovided him food and security. Paul Rusesabaginais very competent because he placed his family’s value first by risking hislife to save his family during the war. Paul Rusesabagina also upheld his culturalvalues by extending his care to his neighbors, the Tutsis when they were beingmurdered.
He provided shelter and food to more than thousand Tutsis. Paul Rusesabagina’s wife Tatiana also upheldher family’s value by supporting her husband to save their neighbors. Assessmentof Development or Functional Competency Paul Rusesabagina’s role as a hotel manager portrays familyvalues of loyalty, ego, integrity, responsibility, and accountability.
He wasloyal and respected his hotel and run as it should be. During the genocide, hisrole changes from being a mere hotel manager to being accountable to hispeople. Paul’s responsibility expanded frombeing a father and a hotel manager to being a community leader and a hero.
Wecan also assess how the families adapted to condition not familiar to themduring the genocide in order to survive. Rwandans also practiced both indigenous andwestern form of health care. The country had many health centers that werebuilt by churches yet the people still consulted their indigenous healers to curetheir illnesses. Socio cultural aspect of the movie deals with thelifestyle. Food and alcohol is shared at frequent ceremonial activities heldtogether by all the ethnic groups.
Rusesabagina was able to use food andalcohol to bribe people to protect his family which was gladly accepted eventhough they were not from the same ethnic groups. Among these three ethnic groups is a trait ofpower and decision making. Culturally, there is a head of the group in thelocal community that settles disputes and maintains order. Royal power amongthe groups made it a challenge for a person to rise as a Political head to rulethem as a country. Members of the other ethnic group not in power plots tooverthrow the ruling ethnic group member.
Tilling and farming was also custom thatinfluence the ethnic groups. People, who owned lands occupy it with theirfamilies and is inherited by their children. Family dynamics in the movie is seen as acustom for male children inherit their father’s acquisition and beingresponsible for the rest of the family. Mothers play a primary role of caringfor their children and their maternal uncles plays a role in the moraldevelopment of the children.
The family’s culture as depicted in Rusesabagina’s familydid not only include the Rwandans but their neighboring countries who share theKinyarwanda dialect. History had it that the Twa were the original settlers ofRwanda. They were joined by the Hutus who came from the west and the Tutsis followedfrom the northeast. These three ethnic groups shared a culture and were able tosettle as a nation. They shared a language, Kinyarwanda and also shared a religion. In the movie this can be seen in howRusesabagina, a Hutu and his wife Tatiana, a Tutsi lived in harmony as a husbandand wife without any form of conflict that they both had to compromise. Assessmentof Culture and Ethnic TraitsThemain ethnic groups in Rwanda are the Tutsi and Hutu. Political corruptionerupted tensions among these two ethnic groups.
Paul Rusesabagina, a Hutu is themanager of the Belgium hotel and is his wife Tatiana is a Tutsi. Rwandanpolitical condition deteriorated after the fall of the President. Rusesabaginaand his family witnessed how his neighbors were murdered through ethniccleansing (Sragow, 2005). In the early part of the genocide, Rusesabaginabribed some influential people to protect his family with alcohol and money. Rusesabaginadistracts the Hutu rebels and sneaks his family and neighbors into his hotel. Hotel Rwanda is historical movie that was released in 2004based on the Rwandan genocide.
The moviestarred Don Cheadle as the hotel manager, Paul Rusesabagina and Sophie Okenedoand his wife Tatiana (Anthere, 2005). The Rwandan genocide, which occurred sometimein the spring of 1994, is documented in the film by showing Rusesabagina rescuinghis family members and a thousand refugees by offering them shelter in hisHotel. (Sragow, 2005). Terry Georgedirected the movie.
The movie explores ethnic cleansing and violence that erupted intoa civil war. This violence occurred in Rwandafollowing their independence. The film also documents family values, ethical identification,culture and functional competence.Descriptionof Movie Family Culture is a peculiar form of life that includes customs,value, and belief system of a group of people at a given time. Also, culture encompasswhat is considered wrong or acceptable (N’dri, 2016). Culture is essential because it defines a personin various ways. Identifying oneself with a culture provides a sense ofbelonging, purpose, and identity. Cultures are passed on from generation togenerations have been sustained for many years .
Cultures are unique to thepeople who identifies with them and that influence their beliefs, roles,activities, and habits. Culture that is common among people in differentsocieties’ offers an opportunity for them to share and connect to each other. This paper evaluates how culture defined thefamilies and their developmental competency in the movie, Hotel Rwanda.