This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

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When modernization creeps in, it is not just nature that must give way. In the mountains of Lesotho, plans to build a new dam threaten to submerge a small village. But the villagers, led by an 80-year-old widow, are prepared to fight.

Mantoa is awaiting the return of her only remaining family member, her beloved son. When she instead receives news of his accidental death, Mantoa is distraught and struggles to find meaning in her existence. While making plans for her own funeral at the local cemetery, she discovers plans to build a dam which will flood the cemetery and force the entire village to relocate. In a world that is constantly evolving, traditions are always confronted to the present, but is change always for the better?

Taking place in the mountains of Lesotho, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection takes full advantage of its spectacular setting. Through poetic language and music, director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese tells a slow-paced story of life, death and the strength of the human spirit. His background as a visual artist shines through in his use of composition and mood, to create a meditative and touching experience.


Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (b. 1980) is a self-taught filmmaker and visual artist from Lesotho, the enclaved country within South Africa. His video essay Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You. was screened at both festivals and museums, including the Berlinale and MoMa - and at TIFF 2021!


2019 Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You. (Documentary)
2016 Behemoth: Or the Game of God (Short film)
2014 Mosonngoa / Mosonngoa: The Mocked One (Short film)
2013 For Those Whose God Is Dead

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Wednesday 20. january

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