Our Lady of the Nile (Notre-Dame Du Nil) 2019
Atiq Rahimi | Rwanda 2019 | 1h33m | French and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles
Atiq Rahimi’s hauntingly beautiful adaptation of Scholastique Mukasonga’s bestselling novel powerfully brings this true story to life. In Rwanda, 1973, a prestigious Catholic boarding school perched high on a hill is where teenage girls are groomed to become the Rwandan elite. Graduation is on the horizon; they share the same dormitory, the same dreams and concerns. But throughout the country as well as within the school, deep-seated antagonisms rumble. This film shows how class divisions, colonialism, and economic disparity interweaved and gave rise to 1994 genocide.
Content warning: This film contains scenes of violence (incl. sexual violence) and nudity that some viewers may find disturbing.
Critics Circle Piece
Notes Unbound is our platform for up-and-coming African and Black diaspora film critics and journalists from around the globe to deepen their knowledge of African cinema. Sharon Thomas interviewed lead actress Malaika Uwamahoro about her experience playing Immaculée in Our Lady of the Nile.