Set in 1973, this coming-of-age portrait follows a group of young Rwandan girls at a Belgian-run Catholic boarding school, taking inspiration from true events that would come to foreshadow the 1994 genocide during the Rwandan Civil War. Many of the girls belong to elite families, while others hold less privilege; further division is sown by ballooning anti-Tutsi rhetoric under existing Hutu rule. The terrain is tense, but in the foreground lies a bewitching yet unassuming story of colonial refusal, flanked by adolescent mischief and curiosity that is surely typical but has, in this case, much higher stakes.Written by
Toronto International Film Festival
I was so moved by this film in Berlin. I am still getting over the impact of this celebration of resilience and hope. The children were all wonderful. A must see. I can't imagine why so many bad ratings it must be a organized spiteful group as this film certainly does not deserve such dislike.
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