This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

DIRECTED BY: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese COUNTRY: Lesotho, Italy, South Africa YEAR: 2019 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Sesotho SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 120 min

SECTION: International Competition



In the mountains of Lesotho, an 80-year-old widow named Mantoa eagerly awaits her son’s return from working in the South African mines, only to learn of his demise instead. Yearning for her own death after the loss of her last remaining family member, she puts her affairs in order and makes arrangements to be buried in the local cemetery. Her careful plans are abruptly upset by the news that provincial officials intend to resettle the village, flood the entire area, and build a dam for a reservoir. Mantoa resolves herself to defend the spiritual heritage of the community.

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is a self-taught filmmaker from Lesotho, based in Berlin. His film MOTHER, I AM SUFFOCATING. THIS IS MY LAST FILM ABOUT YOU won six awards at the Final Cut in Venice workshop and went on to premiere at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. He was one of three filmmakers selected for the Biennale College—Cinema lab, with his feature film THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESSURECTION. Mosese is an alumnus of many programs, including Focus Features’ Africa First and Cinéfondation’s L’Atelier.

Tears of Blood (2007), Loss of Innocence (2008), Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You (2019), This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection (2019)

SCRIPT: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese PRODUCER: Cait Pansegrouw, Elias Ribeiro CINEMATOGRAPHY: Pierre De Villiers EDITOR: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese SCORE: Yu Miyashita CAST: Mary Twala, Jerry Mofokeng, Makhaola Ndebele, Tseko Monaheng


PRODUCTION COMPANY: Urucu Media ( WORLD SALES: Memento Films International (MFI) ( GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: Trigon-film (