Americans and Europeans fled Rwanda during the first days of the ninety-day genocide that would see more than 800,000 Rwandans dead. Jacqueline, a Rwandese woman working as a nanny for a Belgian family, who evacuates the country together with the other fortunate few, has no choice but to stay.
Hidden under the ceiling of her former employer’s house, she defies her fear and leaves her hideout in search of her children, only to discover that she arrived too late. Her fellow villagers’ thirst for blood leaves her no time to mourn her loss, but forces to run to save her own life.
The film has been selected to prestigious film festivals around the world – among them the Toronto International Film Festival – and the film’s director Philippe Van Leeuw, a former director of photography, won the award for Best New Director at San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain. Ruth Niere, the lead actress, a famous singer since her teens in Swahili-speaking countries (‘Shanel’), won 3 best actress awards.