Chad, France, Germany, Belgium, 2021, 87 min, DCP, Dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Not Rated, French with English subtitles, Mubi

Lingui, The Sacred Bonds

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"A slender yet riveting powerhouse."–David Ehrlich, IndieWire

"A blistering attack on patriarchy and a warm reaffirmation of “the sacred bonds” (the meaning of the film’s title) among women, it’s a bracing work... But the world it shows us, etched in fully felt performances and beautifully hued compositions, feels vividly, sometimes overwhelmingly present." –Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times

Celebrated Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A Screaming Man) makes a remarkable return to his home country with Lingui, The Sacred Bonds. Honest and poignant, this official submission to the 2022 Academy Awards is a stunning vision of female solidarity.

On the outskirts of capital city N'djamena, resolute single mother Amina (Achouackh Abakar Souleyman) works tirelessly to provide for herself and her 15-year-old daughter, Maria (Rihane Khalil Alio). Their already precarious existence is rocked when Amina learns Maria is pregnant and does not want to carry to term. Abandoned by her own family as an expectant teenager, Amina is determined to secure another fate for her child.

Together, the two women begin to seek out an abortion, condemned by both religion and law. Fighting to procure this simple yet inaccessible procedure, they must navigate a patriarchal network of doctors, relatives, and neighbors. Through this journey, mother and daughter forge a connection stronger than any they've ever known.

Gorgeously shot and superbly acted, Lingui, The Sacred Bonds explores topics of abortion access and social opposition with uncompromising empathy. In doing so, the film presents a unique, urgent, and refreshing perspective on this universal issue.

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