Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Hotel Rwanda


The documentary featured in the DVD of the movie Hotel Rwanda was the inspiration for this painting. This movie should have won the Oscar last year. It is a pity that it did not reach a wider audience.

13 comments:

Suji said...

Very disturbing painting! You are getting better and better at it. Have heard a lot about the movie but haven't been able to see it yet.

I see that you have alloted different days to all your blogs. So can we hope to see regular posts now? :)

arvindh said...

Yes, it is. The movie is so very disturbing. I felt very depressed and angry over the world's (including self) turning a blind eye to genocide in Africa that continues to this day. I thought the least I could do is make a painting.
The movie shows how a person like Paul Rusesabagina could provide hope for humankind. We need many more Rusesabaginas to deal with the atrocities happening around the globe.

Yes, I hope to post regularly - let us see if this works....

Balaji S Rajan said...

Good painting. I really doubt whether I could paint now like that. I have lost all my patience...or is it lack of time...Anyhow could feel proud when done by someone. Wonderful theme. Keep it up!

arvindh said...

I am sure you could also paint - just give it a shot again! Try to post some of your sketches in your blog.

Balaji, guess what, this morning I could not access your blog site. I kept receiving "You are forbidden from entering this site" message. I actually thought that you had flagged my blog and blocked my access because of the gory nature of this painting! I thought you did not want your kids to see this disturbing picture.

What a fool I am to have jumped to such conclusions! Anyway glad to hear from you.

Balaji S Rajan said...

Arvindh,

I am sorry to hear that. I will be the last person to do so. Even sometimes I used to get such errors. It could be due to the volume of traffic. My son browses sometimes. He is interested in art and sketches a lot. I never prevent them from seeing anything. He knows good and bad. Do you scan your drawings and publish them?

arvindh said...

Yes, many errors do crop up in blogger - as you said heavy traffic might be the cause of the problem.

Scanning is probably the best way to reproduce the sketches, but then I just use a digital camera and then upload the photographs of the drawings.

UrbanBarbarian said...

Love this skeleton painting [ and the other entries as well! ]! You achieved a real spooky vibe!

arvindh said...

Thank you Urbanbarbarian!

Dan Read said...

Nice (?) image. I have not seen the movie, but a friend of mine calls it "the feelgood genocide movie." I guess he was objecting to the note of hope in it, but I am not sure what he meant. I better ask him!

arvindh said...

Dan Read,
I think your friend is partly right in the sense that the makers have taken some liberty and made the movie a sort of love story with the genocide as a backdrop(?!). I think the note of hope is genuine in the sense that we do see some characters (other than the protagonist) that prove that people can raise above petty divisions and nationalities to help others in the hour of need.
However, I still found it a very disturbing movie.
I liked the documentary that featured in the DVD - it had interviews with the actual Hotel manager and other survivors...It is definitely worth watching.

Mad Guru said...

There is a very nice sense of depth here. I have not seen the film, but watching documentaries about Rwanda really got to me a few years ago and stays with me still today.

arvindh said...

If possible do let me know the titles of the documentaries on the country. Thank you.

pruh said...

The movie is great! I think it's true that too little people have seen it.

Nice painting too!