Director: Atiq Rahimi
France, Belgium, Rwanda
93 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Africa is geography. Europe is history.

On the top of a hill near the source of the Nile in the lush Rwandan countryside of 1973 sits an elite Catholic girls’ school run by stoic Belgian nuns. Headstrong and adventurous, the pupils come from both Hutu and Tutsi backgrounds – a division that begins as simmering resentment, before slowly boiling over into an act of sinister brutality. Based on Scholastique Mukasonga’s incisive novel Notre-Dame du Nil (2012), this hauntingly beautiful portrait of young womanhood foreshadows the 1994 Rwandan genocide with the same bittersweet tone of coming-of-age staples like Bad Education and Stand By Me. Its lessons on religion, colonialism and class are as challenging as they are urgent, with surreal moments of magical realism adding to the striking mood. A beguiling slice-of-life story about human rights.

Update: 21/07

In light of the COVID-19 lockdown beginning on July 21st, the Adelaide Film Festival Youth is disappointed to announce that the inaugural edition of the festival, due to begin on July 25th, will not proceed as planned. 
Safety is our primary concern.
We are consulting with SA Health and Department for Education to explore potential alternative presentation dates and modes, and encourage audiences to hold onto their tickets until contacted by our Box Office team.
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Program Strand Feature Fiction
Premiere South Australian
Age Recommendation 15+
Language French, Kinyarwanda
Subtitles English
Director Atiq Rahimi
Producer Rani Massalha, Dimitri Rassam, Charlotte Casiraghi, Marie Legrand
Screenwriters Atiq Rahimi, Ramata Toulaye-Sy
Cinematographer Thierry Arbogast AFC
Editor Hervé de Luxe, Jacqueline Mariani
Cast Santa Amanda Mugabekazi, Albina Sydney Kirenga, Pascal Greggory

Screens with: Rebooted

Director: Michael Shanks
13 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Even monsters get old and need to re-find their scare

Film Type Short
Program Strand Shorts Before Features
Premiere South Australian
Age Recommendation 15+
Language No Dialogue
Director Michael Shanks
Producer Chris Hocking, Nicholas Colla
Screenwriters Michael Shanks