Lingui, The Sacred Bonds

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Chad | 2021 | 87 min. | Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Opens February 18, 2022

On the outskirts of the capital of Chad, determined single mother Amina (Achouackh Abakar Souleymane) works tirelessly to provide for herself and her 15-year-old daughter Maria (Rihane Khalil Alio). Chad's Official Oscar Submission 2022 (Best International Feature).

When Amina discovers Maria is pregnant and does not want a child, 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. In the process, mother and daughter forge a connection stronger than any they've ever known.

  • Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Principal Cast: Achouackh Abakar Souleymane, Rihane Khalil Alio, Youssouf Djaoro
  • Country: Chad, France, Germany, Belgium
  • Year: 2021
  • Running Time: 87 min.
  • Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2022 (Best International Feature)
  • Filmography: A Season in France (2017), A Screaming Man (2010), Dry Season (2006), Kalala (2006), Our Father (2002), Bye Bye Africa (1999)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: MUBI
  • International Sales: Films Boutique