Lingui, The Sacred Bonds
As a single mother Amina was rejected by her family and the community. When her 15-year-old daughter turns out to be pregnant and absolutely doesn't want to keep it, she faces an even tougher fate than Amina herself.
‘For all its ostensible gentleness, [Haroun’s] storytelling is driven by a need to challenge the country’s reactionary theocratic males. There are fierce and even shocking stabs of sexuality and violence cutting through the opaque, stoic calm… The intense, focused performances from the two central women keep this drama in a hyper-alert state: we are intensely aware of all that is at stake and how mother and daughter are battling for survival.’—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian