Scholastique Mukasonga’s novel Our Lady of the Nile is currently in film production and will be in cinemas in 2019.
Rwandan Scholastique Mukasonga is an award-winning writer in fiction and nonfiction who writers in French. Her first books were the three memoirs Inyenzi ou les cafards in 2006 (English translation Cockroaches in 2016), La femme aux pieds nus in 2008 (English translation The Barefoot Woman in 2018), and L’Iguifou in 2010. She made a stub at writing fiction in 2012 with Our Lady of the Nile published by Éditions Gallimard. The English-language translation was published in 2014 in the United States by Archipelago Books. The book blurb describes it thus;
Mukasonga immerses us in a school for young girls, called “Notre-Dame du Nil.” The girls are sent to this high school perched on the ridge of the Nile in order to become the feminine elite of the country and to escape the dangers of the outside world. The book is a prelude to the Rwandan genocide and unfolds behind the closed doors of the school, in the interminable rainy season. Friendships, desires, hatred, political fights, incitation to racial violence, persecutions… The school soon becomes a fascinating existential microcosm of the true 1970s Rwanda.
The book is set to make its big screen opening next year. The author revealed this in an interview that she gave to the New Yorker magazine, “a movie adaptation of that novel is currently being filmed in Rwanda and will be in cinemas in the spring of 2019.”
Expect many movie watchers to complain that the movie has failed to meet the awesomeness of the novel.