Actor Don Cheadle is more recognizable than ever after his Oscar-nominated role in "Hotel Rwanda," which chronicles the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that claimed the lives of more than 800,000 people and created a refugee crisis affecting more than 3 million others. Cheadle played Paul Rusesabagina, a character who proves that one man can truly make a difference. Taking his character's example to heart, Cheadle partners with Amnesty International to raise awareness about the horrific reality of genocide in Africa.
Don Cheadle was born in Kansas City but moved throughout his childhood. He attended CalArts and earned his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. He auditioned for many roles and won a part on the TV series "Fame" (1982). He was then cast in the John Irvin film "Hamburger Hill" (1987). He earned his first honor for his work in "Devil In a Blue Dress" (1995), which won him the best supporting actor award from the Los Angeles Film Critics.
Cheadle is a highly respected actor who has won many awards and continues to act in television and feature films, and theater productions. He lives in Los Angeles.
Founded in London in 1961, Amnesty International is a Nobel Prize-winning, grassroots organization with more than 1.8 million members worldwide. Amnesty International's vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
In pursuit of this vision, Amnesty International's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of human rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression and freedom from discrimination.
Amnesty International is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion. It does not support or oppose any government or political system, nor does it support or oppose the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect. It is concerned solely with the impartial protection of human rights.
Amnesty International has a varied network of members and supporters around the world. At the latest count, there were more than 1.8 million members, supporters and subscribers in more than 150 countries and territories in every region of the world. Although they come from many different backgrounds and have widely varying political and religious beliefs, members are united by a determination to work for a world where everyone enjoys human rights.
Amnesty International is a democratic, self-governing movement. Major policy decisions are taken by an international council made up of representatives from all national sections.
Amnesty International's national sections and local volunteer groups are primarily responsible for funding the movement. No funds are sought or accepted from governments for Amnesty International's work investigating and campaigning against human rights violations.
You can bring human rights education to your community by downloading the Hotel Rwanda Organizing Kit, based on the award-winning film "Hotel Rwanda." The kit is composed of three elements: a house party kit, a teacher’s guide, and a photo exhibit, and is designed to be used in conjunction with the release of "Hotel Rwanda" on DVD. Share these resources with family, friends and teachers. Learn more.
A genocidal crisis similar to Rwanda is happening now in Darfur, Sudan. The situation is horrific and may well worsen if immediate action is not taken. With your immediate help we will be better able to sustain our important work during this time of crisis.
Circulate the petition. End suffering of innocent civilians and stop the flow of weapons to perpetrators of human rights abuses in Sudan.
Read more. Darfur human rights crisis fact sheet.
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Buy the film. Purchase "Hotel Rwanda" by going through Amnesty's website and Amnesty International will receive 5-10 percent of the sale.
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