This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection


In the mountains of Lesotho, Mantoa, an 80-year-old widow eagerly awaits her son's return from working in the South African mines, only to learn of his demise instead. Yearning for her own death after the loss of her last remaining family member, she puts her affairs in order and makes arrangements to be buried in the local cemetery. Her careful plans are abruptly upset by the news that provincial officials intend to resettle the village, flood the entire area, and build a dam for a reservoir. Mantoa finds a new will to live and resolves herself to defend the spiritual heritage of the community. Awards: Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking, Sundance; Best Director, AMAA 2020; Best Cinematography, AMAA 2020; Best Costume Design, AMAA 2020; Lesotho's submission for the Best International Feature Film Oscar 2021


Mary Twala Mhlongo, Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha

directed by

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

director's bio

Lesotho-born Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is a self-taught filmmaker and visual artist based in Berlin.


Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese


Cait Pansegrouw, Elias Ribeiro


117 minutes




Feature Narrative


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