Film to help focus on Holocaust

PUBLISHED: 11:28 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

A POWERFUL film focusing on genocide is to be shown to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Stevenage. The day, on Friday, January 27, provides a focus - through national and local events - for people to think about the repercussions of the Holocaust on communi

A POWERFUL film focusing on genocide is to be shown to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Stevenage.

The day, on Friday, January 27, provides a focus - through national and local events - for people to think about the repercussions of the Holocaust on communities.

As well as the Nazi persecution of the Jews this includes genocide such as the massacre of the Tutsis in Rwanda.

Hotel Rwanda, certificate 12A, tells the story of one person who did make a difference. As his country descends into madness, five-star hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, played by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, sets out to save his family.

But when he sees that the world will not intervene in the massacre, he finds the courage to open his hotel to over 1,200 refugees. Now, with a rabid militia at the gates, he has only his wits and words to help keep him and his guests alive another hour, another day.

Holocaust Memorial Day is in its sixth year and the theme for 2006 is "one person can make a difference" celebrating the courage of the rescuers who helped people survive during the persecution. Many rescuers are still alive and living in the UK.

Stevenage mayor Brian Underwood said: "Events such as Holocaust Memorial Day are important to commemorate all of the communities who suffered as a result of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution.

"As a community leader this council is proud to support these events to promote equality, foster a harmonious community and help prevent discrimination to make sure that atrocities like these never happen again."

The special screening will start at 6.30pm on Thursday, January 26, at Cineworld on Stevenage Leisure Park.

Entry is £3 and tickets are available in advance, with all money going to the Aegis Rwanda Trust.

* For more information or to buy a ticket for Hotel Rwanda, contact Marilyn Emerson on 01438 242179.

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