Lingui, The Sacred Bonds


On the outskirts of N'djamena in Chad, Amina lives alone with her only 15-year-old daughter Maria. 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...
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Direction: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Script: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Cinematography: Mathieu Giombini
Editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo
Sound: Thomas Bouric
Music: Wasis Diop
Actors: Achouackh Abakar Souleymane, Rihane Khalil Alio, Youssouf Djaoro, Briya Comdigue, Hadjé Fatimé Ngoua
Production: Pili Films, Goï Goï Productions
Producers: Florence Stern
Co-production: Made In Germany Filmproduktion, Beluga Tree, Canal + International, Proximus
Co-producers: Melanie Andernach, Diana Elbaum
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Chad, France, Germany, Belgium
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 87'
Distribution in Greece: One from the Heart
Contact: Films Boutique

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Born in Chad, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun first won critical acclaim for his short films before directing his first feature, Bye-bye Africa (Best First Film, Venice Film Festival 1999). A Season in France is his first feature film shot in France, starring Eriq Ebouaney and Sandrine Bonnaire. Selected at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 - Special Presentation. New York paid tribute to Mahamat-Saleh Haroun by hosting two retrospectives of his films: in 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and in 2018 at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).


1995 Sotigui Kouyaté, a Modern Griot (doc)
1998 Un thé au sahel (short)
1999 Bye Bye Africa (doc)
2002 Our Father
2006 Dry Season
2010 A Screaming Man
2016 Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy (doc)
2017 A Season in France
2021 Lingui, The Sacred Bonds