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Our Lady of the Nile
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OUR LADY OF THE NILE

Notre-Dame du Nil

Directed by Atiq Rahimi
France, Belgium, 2019
Drama

Synopsis

Rwanda, 1973: high up in the mountains, a black statue of the Virgin Mary watches over a Catholic boarding school for girls. Here, whether Hutu or Tutsi, the daughters of politicians, officers and businessmen are educated to one day become productive members of the country’s elite.

Synopsis

Rwanda, 1973: high up in the mountains, a black statue of the Virgin Mary watches over a Catholic boarding school for girls. Here, whether Hutu or Tutsi, the daughters of politicians, officers and businessmen are educated to one day become productive members of the country’s elite.

Our take

A bracing adaptation of Rwandan author Scholastique Mukasonga’s bestselling novel, Our Lady of the Nile examines the underpinnings of the 1994 genocide. With striking authenticity, writer-director Atiq Rahimi’s searing drama maps the toxic cultural terrain in which the seeds of atrocity were sewn.