Lingui, The Sacred Bonds: Chadian Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Mother-Daughter Tale (Cannes Fest 2021)

Cannes Fest 2021: In Competition

Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s affecting drama, Lingui, The Sacred Bonds, centers on a single mother and her pregnant teen daughter seeking abortion in a country where it is technically legal but impossible to access.

On the outskirts of N’Djamena in Chad, Amina lives alone with her only daughter Maria, who’s 15. Her already fragile world collapses the day she discovers that her daughter is pregnant. The teenager does not want this pregnancy. In a country where abortion is not only condemned by religion, but also by law, Amina finds herself facing a battle that seems lost in advance.

The filmmaker explores the depths of the bonds among women, gradually revealing the distance and extent they will go to protect themselves and one another.

After its premiere at the Cannes Film Fest, the film’s distribution rights for the US, UK, Turkey, Latin America and Ireland were acquired by MUBI.


Achouackh Abakar Souleymane as Amina
Rihane Khalil Alio as Maria
Youssouf Djaoro as Brahim