Pioneering Chadian auteur Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Grigris, MVFF 2013) is in blistering form with his latest film, a feminist social realist drama exploring abortion rights in conservative Chadian society. Amina (Achouackh Abakar Souleymane) is an independent woman, exiled by her family after becoming pregnant as a young girl, and now the single mother of a teenager. She finds herself in a race against time and the forces of patriarchy when her daughter Maria (Rihane Khalil Alio) is expelled from school after she gets pregnant. Determined to give her child opportunities that were denied her, Amina supports Maria’s effort to have an abortion, a procedure that is not merely frowned upon but also illegal. Impeccably shot and tenderly realized, Lingui adds to the abortion conversation not with chaos or hubris, but with a curiosity that engages fully with the women who insist on preserving their bodily autonomy despite very real threats of violence. –Wilfred Okiche
In French and Arabic with English subtitles
Sunday, Oct 10, 7:00pm, BAMPFA
Tuesday, Oct 12, 6:30pm, Smith Rafael Film Center
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
A native of Abéché, Chad, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun works in both documentary and narrative. He made his narrative debut with Our Father (2002), followed by Dry Season(2006), the winner of five prizes at the Venice Film Festival; A Screaming Man (2010), winner of a Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize; Grigris (2013); and A Season in France (2017). Bye Bye Africa (1999), his first documentary, won two prizes at Venice.