Our Lady of the Nile

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Showings

Digital Screening Room Mon, May 4 12:00 PM
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Members:$5.00
Film Info
Original Title:Notre-Dame du Nil
Programs:Images of Africa
Tags:Drama
Historical Drama
Women's Rights
War
Religion
Coming-of-Age
Social Justice
Human Rights
Adaptation
Literature
Release Year:2019
Runtime:93 min
Country/Region:Rwanda
France
Belgium
Language:French
Kinyarwanda
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Indie Sales
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JKnMOE0K_Y
Cast/Crew
Director:Atiq Rahimi
Producer:Dimitri Rassam
Charlotte Casiraghi
Marie Legrand
Rani Massalha
Cinematographer:Thierry Arbogast
Screenwriter:Atiq Rahimi
Ramata Toulaye-Sy
Editor:Hervé de Luze
Jacqueline Mariani
Principal Cast:Santa Amanda Mugabekazi
Albina Sydney Kirenga
Angel Uwamahoro
Clariella Bizimana
Belinda Rubango Simbi
Ange Elsie Ineza
Kelly Umuganwa Teta
Pascal Greggory
Carole Trevoux
Filmography:The Patience Stone (2012)
Earth et Ashes (2004)

Description

Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

This coming-of-age tale of Rwandan schoolgirls at a Belgian-run Catholic boarding school points to the subtle ways grievances and prejudices can lead to full-scale genocide in later generations.

In 1973, upscale Rwandan girls attend Notre-Dame du Nil, a Belgian-run Catholic boarding school. Most of the young women are from elite Hutu families, who chafe at the school’s decision to allow more Tutsi students than normal. Based on the acclaimed novel by Scholastique Mukasonga (who lost literally dozens of family members in the Rwandan genocide), directed by award-winning filmmaker Atiq Rahimi, and with a cast of mostly non-professional actors, Our Lady of the Nile is a hypnotic and ultimately terrifying examination of the roots of evil. “Frightening, sometimes confusing but strangely captivating, this is an unusual history lesson shot with verve and laced with violence.” --Screen Daily

Director Biography

Atiq Rahimi

Atiq Rahimi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and fled with his family after the Soviet invasion in the early 1980s. He is the director of Earth and Ashes (2004) and The Patience Stone (2012). Our Lady of the Nile is his third feature film.


Press

"[T]he film's heart lies in the wide-eyed wonder of adolescence, so compellingly depicted by the first-time actors." - Toronto Globe and Mail


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