This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
South Africa
Running Time:120 min.
Director:Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Producer:Cait Pansegrouw
Elias Ribeiro
Screenwriter:Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Cinematographer:Pierre de Villiers
Cast:Mary Twala Mlongo
Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha
Makhaola Ndebele
Tseko Monaheng
Siphiwe Nzima
Print Source:Memento Films
Note Writer:Richard Peterson


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18.


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In a hamlet in the mountains of Lesotho, an 80-year-old widow prepares herself for the final act of her life: her own ritual burial. Grieving the loss of her beloved son, octogenarian Mantoa (brilliantly portrayed by veteran South African film and television actor Mary Twala Mlongo) is shaken from her despair by the discovery that her homeland is earmarked for displacement and will soon be flooded, along with its graveyard, for a new reservoir. The threat of ancestral eradication and forced relocation inspires in Mantoa a new will to live, and she in turn ignites the collective spirit of defiance in her community. Framed as a parable and based on a true story, the film combines documentary detail with magical realism and a strikingly unique color palette. With her beautifully expressive face and an extraordinary economy of gesture, Mlongo is a formidable screen presence. Artist-filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese received a Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is a self-taught filmmaker and visual artist from Lesotho, based in Berlin. His film Mother, I Am Suffocating. This is My Last Film About You was selected for Final Cut in Venice in 2018, where it won six awards. It premiered in the Berlinale Forum in 2019. Mosese was one of three filmmakers selected for Biennale College Cinema with his feature film This Is Not A Burial, It’s a Resurrection, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2019. Mosese is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talents (2011), Focus Features Africa First (2012), and Realness African Screenwriting Residency (2017).