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Set in Chad, Cannes film ‘Lingui’ explores abortion struggles

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CANNES, France (Reuters) – The director behind “Lingui”, a Cannes Film Festival entry about a teenager’s battle in Chad to get an abortion, said on Friday he hoped the story would resonate well beyond the African country, including in places like the United States where there are vocal anti-abortion movements. Mahamet-Saleh Haroun said he was inspired to explore the issue after reading stories about babies abandoned or killed by their young mothers in Chad, where abortion is only allowed in specific cases where a woman’s life is in danger. “Speaking to women, it turns out that these are strugg…

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