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A man and woman sit beside eachother in front of a fireplace. The man looks pleased and relaxed, the woman is upset.

The Bride

  Myriam U. Birara

  Rwanda     73 minutes


Eva, a young Rwandan woman, dreams of attending medical school. But her aspirations are interrupted when she is kidnapped by a group of men as a part of the Guterura rite of enforced marriage. Abandoned by her family, she struggles to cope with the grim reality of her new life  with her new husband Silas and his cousin. While Silas is away working, the two young women form a tender connection as they spend their days doing household chores, beading, making tea, and swapping family histories and memories of the genocide. Despite this newfound ally, Eva contemplates running away to a life of freedom.

Rendered with a quiet naturalism and brimming with humanity, The Bride is both a profound portrait of friendship amid dire circumstances and a calm contemplation of the ghosts of Rwanda’s past.

 Kinyarwanda with subtitles 

Content Considerations
Sexual violence
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Screenings & Events

In-Person Screening

Thu, Oct 19 @ 7:45pm CDT

at Siskel Center, Screen 2

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  • Assistive Listening Devices available
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In-Person Screening

Sat, Oct 21 @ 12:00pm CDT

at AMC NEWCITY, Screen 5


Film Credits

  •   Kivu Ruhorahoza, Myriam U. Birara
  •   Myriam U. Birara
  •   Bora Shingiro
  •   Sandra Umulisa, Aline Amike, Daniel Gaga
  •   Urugori Films


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