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Lingui, The Sacred Bonds (15)

Parent and Baby Screening

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.

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

Our Parent and Baby screenings are designed for adults to enjoy the latest film releases with their young babies, in a relaxed atmosphere with gentler lighting and sound. Screenings are suitable for babies of 12 months or under. Up to four adults can accompany a baby, but adults without a baby will not be admitted.

We have plenty of dedicated space for you to park your baby buggy. For health and safety reasons, we cannot allow buggies inside the cinemas.

Booking is essential, so please book your tickets before attending.

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Barbican Cinema 3