Rwanda, 1973. Our Lady of the Nile is a prestigious Catholic boarding school perched high on a hill, where teenage girls are groomed to be the Rwandan elite. Graduation on the horizon, the girls, whether Hutu or Tutsi, share the same dormitory, the same dreams and concerns. But throughout the country as well as within the school, deep-seated antagonisms rumble, changing these young girls’ lives —and the entire nation— forever. Deeply symbolic images hint at the genocidal violence that would later engulf the entire country in 1994. The film is an adaptation of Our Lady of the Nile, written by Tutsi author Scholastique Mukasonga.
Winner of the Crystal Bear of the Generation 14plus section at Berlin International Film Festival.
Atiq Rahimi, Ramata Toulaye-Sy
Hervé de Luze, Jacqueline Mariani
Santa Amanda Mugabekazi, Albina Sydney Kirenga, Angel Uwamahoro, Clariella Bizimana, Belinda Rubango Simbi
Rani Massalha, Dimitri Rassam, Marie Legrand
Les Films du Tambour, Chapter 2
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1962 and, since the 1980’s, he lives in France. Rahimi is a filmmaker and writer. He made his debut in feature film direction with Earth and Ashes (2004), awarded at Cannes Film Festival. The movie is an adaptation of his homonymous novel, released in 2000. In 2012, he directed the film The Patience Stone, also an adaptation of one of his books.