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This is not a burial, it's a resurrection

March 17, 2024

Moderator: Kerri VanderHoff

Panelists: Spencer Everhart (Film) and Jack Mangala (Culture)

Director: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Year: 2019

Country: Lesotho

When plans for a new dam near her village in the landlocked kingdom of Lesotho threaten to literally wash away all she holds dear, Mantoa takes a last stand, mobilizing her neighbors to fight for their land and their way of life. Sotho language with English subtitles.

Academy Award Nominee Best International Feature Film

Venice International Film Festival

African Movie Academy Awards

Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize

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"A flood of false progress threatens to erase an entire village in this transcendental drama. The impending destruction unleashes a widow’s righteous fury on all those plotting to uproot her from the land where she wants to die and be laid to rest. Left with nothing but contempt for God, the misleadingly feeble figure won’t surrender her end-of-life dignity."

-- Carlos Aguilar, Roger Ebert.com


"With a poet’s eye for place, light, and the spiritual dimensions of everyday existence, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese crafts a meditation on the concept of homeland and a transcendent elegy for what is lost in the name of progress."

-- Zakes Mda, Criterion Collection

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