This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

This is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

Introduction by guest programmer Mo Abudu, CEO EbonyLife Group

In a mountainous village in Lesotho, an aging widow, Mantoa, eagerly anticipates her son’s return from a South African mine for Christmas. Tragedy strikes as news of his mining accident arrives, plunging Mantoa into existential turmoil. Isolated by grief, Mantoa becomes detached from God, her village, and reality, longing for death to reunite with her kin and seeking solace in the local cemetery. However, impending construction threatens the village and the cemetery’s sanctity. Defying this fate, Mantoa unites her community in a spirited resistance, etching her legacy. In the film’s poignant final moments, her legend crystallizes, a testament to her indomitable spirit.  

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese. WITH: Mary Twala Mhlongo, Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha, Makhaola Ndebele, Tseko Monaheng. 2019. 120 min. South Africa/Italy/USA/Lesotho. Color. Southern Sotho. DCP. 

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. 

Co-presented with the NAACP

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