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‘This Is Not a Burial’ is a fitting tribute to Twala’s immense talent

Lesotho filmmaker hopes to make history at 2021 Oscars, and his film promises to resurrect Southern African cinema

Tymon Smith

Lesotho may be most famous for its spectacular vistas, blanketed horseriders and more recently a murderous soap-opera saga involving its former first lady. But that’s about to change thanks to the country’s first entry for the Academy Awards, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection.

’Evocatively shot and elegiacally directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Moses, the film is the first by a Mosotho filmmaker in the Sotho language to be screened internationally. It features a final, poignant and awesome performance from the late actor Mary Twala Mhlongo, who died in July.

Already acclaimed and awarded on the international festival circuit, it’s the simple but deeply evocative story of one woman’s struggle to maintain the dignity and identity of her ancestors in the face of the impending threats of industrialisation and the indifference of the modern world...

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