Lesotho film debuts at Sundance festival


Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha- and Mary Twala-led film, This is Not A Burial, It’s a Resurrection, is set to make its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Billed as the home of indie storytelling for more than 35 years, the festival will run between January 23 and February 2 in Utah, US.

Hillary Clinton, Ethan Hawke, Olivia Wilde, Gloria Steinem, Glenn Close and other Hollywood A-listers will debut new projects during the period.

The film is one of 12 selected to screen under the coveted World Cinema Dramatic Competition – with other films coming from France, Iran, Mexico and Germany.

This is Not A Burial, It’s a Resurrection was helmed by Lesotho-born and Berlin-based filmmaker Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese in his fiction feature directorial debut.

Filmed in the remote mountains of Lesotho, it is the first feature-length film to be shot entirely in that country, in Sesotho and starring local actors.

When her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to reservoir construction, an 80-year-old widow finds a new will to live and ignites the spirit of resilience within her community. In the final dramatic moments of her life, Mantoa’s legend is forged and made eternal. 

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Every winter in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival becomes the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives.

This annual program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films; series and episodic content; and New Frontier, showcasing emerging media in the form of multimedia installations, performances, and films.

Since 1985, hundreds of films that have launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition and acclaim, reaching new audiences worldwide.