Lingui, The Sacred Bonds15

Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Chad | 2021 | 1h 28m | French w/ English subtitles | Starring Achouackh Abakar Souleymane, Rihane Khalil Alio, Youssouf Djaoro, Briya Gomdigue

In a small village in Chad, determined single mother Amina works tirelessly to provide for her 15-year old daughter Maria. However, their lives are thrown in disarray when Amina discovers that Maria is pregnant and does not want to have a child. This beautifully shot and fiercely feminist drama explores the strength of bonds between women in a male-dominated society.


‘Breathtaking visuals and deeply moving story and performances. One of the best films of the year – astonishingly realised and lingers with you long after.’
Rogan Graham, Little White Lies

‘Fierce stabs of sexuality and violence cut through the stoic calm of Chadian film-maker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s urgent drama of survival’
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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We showed Lingui, The Sacred Bonds between February 26, 2022 and March 3, 2022.

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Today (Monday 17th June)


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Tomorrow (Tuesday 18th June)


The Beast 15
2h 27m | French w/ English subtitles
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