This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

The late Mary Twala Mhlongo, recognizable from Beyoncé’s blockbuster musical Black Is King, gives a heartbreaking career-capping performance as Mantoa, an 80-year-old woman who has lived in a small Lesotho village for her entire life. While preparing for her own death, she receives word of an accident that has killed her only son, leaving her entirely alone, with only the respect of her community, the traditions of her ancestors, and the courage of her convictions. When her community must relocate to make way for a nearby dam which would flood her family’s burial ground, Mantoa draws a line in the sand and becomes an unlikely political and spiritual leader. Directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese. (Southern Lesotho, 2019, 117m)

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Mary Twala Mhlongo
Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha
Makhaola Ndebele

“Every once in awhile, a movie reinvigorates one’s faith in the artistic capacity of an entire medium through pure intuition of form and mastery of intent. 'This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection', is that rare gem of a film that falls into an unclassifiable category.” – The Playlist

“A masterful tale of grief, belonging and defiance. Mosese has crafted a poetic ode to cinema that is breathtaking in its beauty and gut-wrenching in its sombre themes.” – NewFrame

“A haunted, unsentimental paean to land and its physical containment of community and ancestry...toggling between earthy naturalism and suspended dream atmospherics...draws equal inspiration from indigenous folklore and the rigorous aesthetics of Pedro Costa and Abderrahmane Sissako.” - Variety