Our Lady of the Nile

Atiq Rahimi, France/Belgium/Rwanda, 2019

93 minutes, French/Kinyarwanda with English subtitles

Young girls are sent to Our Lady of the Nile, a prestigious Catholic boarding school perched on a hill, where they are taught to become the Rwandan elite. With graduation on the horizon, they share the same dormitory, the same dreams and the same teenage concerns. But throughout the land as well as within the school, deep-seated antagonism is rumbling, about to change these young girls’ lives – and the entire country – forever.


Atiq Rahimi, born in Kabul in 1962, is a French-Afghan writer and filmmaker. Rahimi is the recipient of a number of prestigious literary and film awards. In 2004 he won the Prix du Regard vers l’Avenir at the Cannes Film Festival, and a Golden Dhow award for Best Feature Film at the Zanzibar International Film Festival for his film version of Earth and Ashes. In 2008, he was awarded the Prix Goncourt for The Patience Stone – France’s highest literary honour. In 2012 Rahimi directed the film adaptation of The Patience Stone from a screenplay he co-authored with Jean-Claude Carrière.

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