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This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

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The late Mary Twala Mhlongo, recognizable from Beyoncé’s blockbuster musical Black Is King, gives a heartbreaking career-capping performance as Mantoa, an 80-year-old woman who has lived in a small Lesotho village for her entire life. While preparing for her own death, she receives word of an accident that has killed her only son, leaving her entirely alone, with only the respect of her community, the traditions of her ancestors, and the courage of her convictions. When her community must relocate to make way for a nearby dam which would flood her family’s burial ground, Mantoa draws a line in the sand and becomes an unlikely political and spiritual leader. 

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    120 minutes
  • Language
    Southern Sotho
  • Country
    South Africa, Italy, United States
  • Rating
    NR
  • Director
    Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
  • Screenwriter
    Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
  • Producer
    Cait Pansegrouw, Elias Ribeiro
  • Co-Producer
    Daniel Caleb, James Matthes
  • Cinematographer
    Pierre de Villiers
  • Editor
    Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
  • Composer
    Yu Miyashita