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Lingui, The Sacred Bonds (15)

Framed by a blue open window sill, a daughter looks out longingly while her mother attempts to comfort her

Celebrated Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A Screaming Man) makes a remarkable return to his home country.

On the outskirts of capital city N'djamena in Chad, 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. 

Together, the two 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, this film explores topics of abortion access and social opposition with uncompromising empathy.

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

Chad/France/Germany/Belgium 2021 dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun 87 min

Captioned Screening 
Sun 6 Feb 4pm, Cinema 3

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