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 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.
Atiq Rahini, the Afghani novelist and film director to whom we owe the magnificent EARTH AND ASHES (2004), examines the genesis and mechanisms of the Rwandan genocide while avoiding any outright representation of violence. Without ill feeling, OUR LADY OF THE NILE is a subtle drama, rich in teachings and hope.