Our Lady of the Nile
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    Our Lady of the Nile

    Notre-Dame du Nil

    Directed by

    France, Belgium, Rwanda


    93 min

    • French
    • Kinyarwanda


    Our Lady of the Nileis 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.


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    • Outstanding Cinema Award 13+ - Lucas IF For Young Film Lovers
    • Crystal Bear of the Youth Jury for Best Film (Generation 14plus) - Berlinale Generation
    • Best Film Award 16+ - Giffoni FF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Amanda Mugabekazi
    Albina Kirenga
    Pascal Greggory
    Atiq Rahimi
    Ramata Sy
    Thierry Arbogast
    Hervé de Luze


    The ensemble is both classical and original and instructive about the way an angelic world can progressively turn into a nightmare.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    A marvellous ensemble cast of young women.

    Lisa Nesselson, Screendaily

    A story that leaves a deep impression, Rahimi films it compassionately, without grandstanding.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Visuals are so lush you want to reach out and touch the leaves on the trees

    Mark Keizer, Variety

    Atiq Rahimi

    Atiq Rahimi


    Atiq Rahimi was born in Kabul. He fled Afghanistan in 1984 and found political asylum in France, where he studied film at the Sorbonne. He adapted his debut feature, EARTH AND ASHAS (2004), from his bestselling novel of the same name. THE PATIENCE STONE (2012) is his second feature. His feature OUR LADY OF THE NILE premiered at the Toronto FF in 2019.