CMU IFF 2020-2021

This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection [VIRTUAL SCREENING + FREE LIVE DISCUSSION]

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“Every once in a while, a movie reinvigorates one’s faith in the artistic capacity of an entire medium through pure intuition of form and mastery of intent, but rarely is a filmmaker able to do so while economically using almost every tool available to them… weaving an ethnically specific experience with the cinematic power to make a movie lover question whether or not they’ve even seen the potential of the frame fully realized. ‘This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection,’ is that rare gem of a film that falls into an unclassifiable category.” - Andrew Bundy, The Playlist


What makes a home? And what gives it meaning? Mantoa, an 80-year-old widow, lives alone in a small village in Lesotho where many of the men have left to work in neighboring South Africa. After learning that her son, her only remaining family member, has died in a mining accident there, she struggles to find meaning in her life and starts to arrange for her burial. As she does so, however, she hears of plans to build a dam that will flood the valley where her village lies. The ancient burial grounds will be lost and the villagers forced to flee their homes. Mantoa begins inciting collective resistance to the project and to the language of national development used to promote it. Will her efforts bring new meaning to her life and new hope to those around her? This is Not a Burial… is notable not only for being the first feature filmed entirely in Lesotho with local actors speaking in Sesotho but also for combining brilliant acting, stunning visuals, and an amazing soundscape.


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  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    119 minutes
  • Language
    Sotho
  • Country
    Lesotho, South Africa, Italy
  • Director
    Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
  • Screenwriter
    Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
  • Producer
    Cait Pansegrouw, Elias Ribeiro
  • Co-Producer
    Daniel Caleb, James Matthes
  • Cast
    Mary Twala, Jerry Mofokeng, Makhaola Ndebele, Tseko Monaheng, Siphiwe Nzima
  • Cinematographer
    Pierre de Villiers
  • Editor
    Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
  • Production Design
    Leila Walter
  • Composer
    Yu Miyashita
  • Sound Design
    Pressure Cooker Studios