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In the film Hotel Rwanda,discuss the effectiveness of both propaganda and demonizing...

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w3stlife | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted January 1, 2013 at 11:01 PM via web

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In the film Hotel Rwanda,discuss the effectiveness of both propaganda and demonizing as two strategies used by the Hutu in their genocide of the Tutsi.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 1, 2013 at 11:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Essentially, one has to end up concluding that both strategies of dehumanization and propaganda go hand in hand in one another in a successful attempt on the part of the Hutus to eliminate the Tutsis.  Both strategies are successful because over 800, 000 Tutsis died without the world's intervention and were silenced in genocide.  One can see how the strategies of demonization and propaganda are evident in the opening of the film.  The use of Hutu Power Radio at the start of the film in which the Hutus talk about the "Tutsi cockroaches" and other derogatory terms to describe the Tutsi reflect propaganda on the part of the Hutu government.  The description of Tutsis in terms such as "cockroaches" and the dehumanizing battle cry of "Cut down the tall trees" help to socially construct the Tutsis in a demonizing manner, helping to provide the easy justification for a systematic extermination.  The dead being left on the sides of the road help to demonize the Tutsis even further, suggesting that they are nothing more than roadkill to all who are alive.  In these examples, one can see how the Hutu government's techniques of propaganda and demonizing were successful in being able to carry out a genocide of the Tutsi people in Rwanda as shown in Hotel Rwanda.


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