Feature Narrative Competition | 93 min | 2019


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About the Film

This adaptation of the award-winning novel by Scholastique Mukasonga tells of events that unfold in a Catholic boarding school in 1973 in Rwanda. The prestigious and secluded educational institution hosts an ethnic mix of girls, the majority of whom are Hutus, with only 10 percent Tutsis. While they are all groomed to become Rwandan elite, the deep-seated antagonism between the groups begins to surface—both at the school, and nationwide. The film will open the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.

Film Info

Section Feature Narrative Competition
Year 2019
Length 93 min
Language French, Kinyarwanda with subtitles in English and Arabic
Country France, Belgium, Rwanda

Film Credits

Director Atiq Rahimi
Screenplay Atiq Rahimi, Ramata Sy
Cinematography Thierry Arbogast
Editing Hervé de Luze
Producer Dimitri Rassam, Rani Massalha
Production Company Chapter 2, Les Films du Tambour
Sound Design
Sound Dana Farzaneh Pour, Ingrid Ralet, Mathieu Cox
Cast Amanda Santa Mugabekazi, Albina Sydney Kirenga, Malaika Uwamahoro, Clariella Bizimana, Belinda Rubango Simbi, Pascal Greggory

Film Contacts

Directed by: Atiq Rahimi