These Are The Heartbreaking True Stories Behind Your Favorite Movies

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18. Hotel Rwanda

The 1994 Rwandan genocide was one of the worst atrocities in human history. Somewhere between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people were killed, and plenty of horrific stories came out of it. One of them inspired Hotel Rwanda, namely the tale of Paul Rusesabagina managing to save almost 1,300 people from a grisly fate.

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17. 12 Years a Slave

What happened to Solomon Northup – a free black man in the North who was kidnapped and enslaved – might seem like a freak incident, but in truth it was far from being unique. The “Reverse Underground Railroad” operated for decades, and it’s unknown how many free black people were taken, but in one two-year stretch in Philadelphia, more than 100 children were kidnapped.

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16. Gorillas in the Mist

Dian Fossey was a pioneering researcher of mountain gorillas. The film, which stars Sigourney Weaver, largely focuses on Fossey’s work, but also deals with her gruesome death at the hands of an unidentified assailant – who may well have been a poacher. To this day, it’s still not known who killed her, but she made a lot of enemies in her quest for conservation.

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