EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has the first trailer for Lingui, The Sacred Bonds, the film from writer-director Mahamat Saleh Haroun which has been selected as Chad’s entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar, and will open in the U.S. via Mubi on February 4.
Lingui, The Sacred Bonds is set on the outskirts of N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, watching as fiercely determined single mother Amina (Achouackh Abakar Souleymane) works tirelessly to provide for herself and her 15-year-old daughter, Maria (Rihane Khalil Alio). Suddenly, Amina’s fragile existence collapses: she learns Maria is pregnant, and has been kicked out of her Islamic girls’ school. Maria does not want this pregnancy, but abortion in Chad is condemned both by religion and law.
Abandoned by her own family years before for her pregnancy with Maria, Amina is determined to offer a different fate for her child. As mother and daughter fight to procure a simple procedure made inaccessible by their patriarchal government, they must navigate a treacherous network of male doctors, relatives and neighbors, forging a connection stronger than any they’ve ever known before.
Haroun’s longtime collaborator Florence Stern produced the film—also starring Youssouf Djaoro, Briya Gomdigue and Hadje Fatime N’Goua—with Melanie Andernach and Diane Elbaum, on the heels of their collaborations on A Season in France (2017), Grisgris (2013) and A Screaming Man (2010). Pic made its world premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where it was up for the Palme d’Or, subsequently traveling to a variety of other festivals around the world.
Check out the trailer for Lingui, The Sacred Bonds above.
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