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NOTRE-DAME DU NIL

(OUR LADY OF THE NILE)

November 24, 11 a.m.

Drama | 93 min

French, Kinyarwanda (English subtitles)

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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, they 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.

A marvellous ensemble cast of young women, this is a cautionary tale about not heeding cautionary tales (…) A surprisingly jazzy score provides an interesting counterpoint to the increasingly unsettling atmosphere.   

— Lisa Nesselson, ScreeenDaily

It’s a story that leaves a deep impression, and Rahimi films it compassionately, without grandstanding.

— Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

A straightforward adaptation of Scholastique Mukasonga’s 2012 novel that effectively details the ethnic tensions that would lead to the 1994 Rwandan genocide (…) Visuals are so lush you want to reach out and touch the leaves on the trees.

— Mark Keizer, Variety

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