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The Bride

Filmstill from "The Bride" by. Myriam U. Birara. A woman looking down sadly is standing next to a man who is looking at her smiling.
© Bora Shingiro
  • Director

    Myriam U. Birara

  • Rwanda / 2023
    72 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language


A few years after the Genocide against the Tutsi, a young woman named Eva dreams of attending medical school. But then she is abducted by a group of men, which later turns out to be part of a traditional marriage rite called Guterura. Feeling abandoned by her conservative aunts, who push her to accept her new situation, Eva now has to come to terms with her new reality, sharing a household with her unwanted husband Silas and his cousin, with whom she develops a deep and affectionate friendship. Eva grows closer and closer to Silas’s cousin. While making tea, doing each other’s hair and making bags out of beads, they start to bond. They share stories of their families and what happened to them during the Genocide. When she discovers the tragic fate suffered by her husband’s family, Eva is torn between staying and running away. Birara’s portrayal of a friendship that develops alongside a forced marriage and how this allows the subject of the Genocide to find its way to the narrative in a very calm way, is quite unique. With its minimalistic aesthetic, the film manages to transmit a certain melancholy, beauty and sensitivity, all of which are hugely impressive for a debut film. (Jacqueline Nsiah)

Production Myriam U. Birara, Kivu Ruhorahoza. Production companies Urugori Films (Kigali, Rwanda), Kivu Ruhorahoza (Kigali, Rwanda). Director Myriam U. Birara. Screenplay Myriam U. Birara. Cinematography Bora Shingiro. Editing Gashonga Ka Hangu. Sound Didier Nors. With Sandra Umulisa, Aline Amike, Daniel Gaga, Fabiola Mukasekuru, Beata Mukakamanzi, Justine Musabyeyezu.

Myriam U. Birara, born in Masisi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1992, she holds a BA in finance in addition to being a visual artist and filmmaker. THE BRIDE is her feature debut.

Films: 2021: Imuhira / Home (12 min.). 2023: The Bride.

Bonus Material

Director's Statement and Essay

  • Filmstill from „The Bride" by Myriam U. Birara. A woman sitting on a chair stares into space.


    In “Disappeared from View” Kelli Weston reads Myriam U. Birara’s THE BRIDE as a ghost story

  • Stillfilm from "The Bride" von Myriam U. Birara. Two women with their backs to the camera are on the bank of a river. They are looking at the other, green bank.

    Director's Statement

    Myriam U. Birara on the untold stories that informed her debut THE BRIDE

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