Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You

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Filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese bids farewell to his native Lesotho in a powerful way with this documentary. Through lyrical and visual poetry, his film addresses social, economic, and personal concerns.

A woman dragging a heavy cross through open landscapes and into the city's crowds, observed with contempt and curiosity, is the film's central motif. The film is shot in black and white, alternating wide shots with close-ups, and features stunning portrait photography. The narrator addresses his monologue to his mother in letter form, while both the soundtrack and the visuals carry biblical references. The film invites the viewer into everyday scenes and a brutal national history. In a mixture of nostalgia, rage and love, the film conveys fragments of childhood memories and depictions of a mother, a country, and an entire generation.

The film is set to filmmaker Mosese's homeland Lesotho, and provides insight into his journey to Germany, where he lives today. Mother, I Am Suffocating. This is My Last Film About You is a poetic and symbolic socio-political journey about religion, African identity, collective memory, and the mixed feelings of someone who has left their homeland.

This film has been chosen by guest curator Nasra Omar.

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Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (b. 1980) is a self-taught filmmaker and visual artist from Lesotho, the enclaved country within South Africa. His first feature film, This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection won a Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival - and will be screened at TIFF 2021!

Filmography

2019 This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
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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