Our Lady of the Nile

Atiq Rahimi

A Catholic boarding school, located high on a hill in Rwanda, houses girls from the country’s elite and educates them to be the future ruling class. That is until the long-simmering conflict between the majority Hutu and minority Tutsi breaks out into a genocide. In this terrifying film adaptation of Mukasonga’s semi-autobiographical novel, director Atiq Rahimi shifts his lens from his native Afghanistan to the misty jungles of Rwanda in 1973, 20 years before the Hutu-led government began the mass slaughter of the Tutsi and Twa ethnic groups.