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The protagonist of the film, an approximately 80-year-old, petite black woman with short, graying hair, sits on a bed in a shimmering brown dress decorated with lace at the collar; the wall and curtains in the background are deep blue.
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The protagonist of the film, an approximately 80-year-old, petite black woman with short, graying hair, sits on a bed in a shimmering brown dress decorated with lace at the collar; the wall and curtains in the background are deep blue.
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Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2019)

Tickets:

9 Euro (50% conc. with Festivalkarte). Tickets are available directly at Alabama Kino (via Ticketlink or 040 28 80 30 70)

Past dates

Sunday

8/21/22

6:00 PM

Alabama Cinema

120 Min (OmU)

This visionary masterpiece tells the story of an 80-year-old widow who rediscovers her will to live and her fighting spirit when her village is to be relocated for the construction of a dam. Grieving for her son who died in a gold mine in South Africa, Mantoa, played by the late South African film-icon Mary Twala, last seen in Beyoncé's »Black is King«, prepares to die. But her village is to be relocated and flooded for the construction of a reservoir. With nothing left to lose, Mantoa does everything she can to put an end to this and to mobilise her village against the construction project. In his tale of resistance, displacement and collective identity, Lesotho born and Berlin-based director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, interweaves the history of his home country with a profound and visually powerful critique of capitalist growth dynamics and land grabbing in the name of progress. For which the visual artist and self-taught filmmaker won around 20 international prizes, including at the Sundance Film Festival 2020, and was nominated for an Oscar. THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT'S A RESURRECTION was an inspiration for Jeremy Nedd's dance piece, which combines the Western genre with questions of land from a South African perspective and the virtuosic dynamics of Pantsula culture. Be sure to see both!

A Black boy about ten years old with a colorful headgear looks seriously into the camera.
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Photo from elevated position: an old woman in black robe and headdress sits on a metal frame surrounded by about twenty white sheep.
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Some people of the village community from young to old are sitting around a table, looking tense and concentrated. The room is lit by an oil lamp on the table, next to it a plate with bread.
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At a rock wall with a small waterfall, some women gather to wash, the colorful clothes are lying on the rocks to dry.
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Close-up of an elderly black man pressing his hands in front of his mouth with his eyes bulging out.
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Close-up of the protagonist: an approximately 80-year-old, petite Black woman in lace-trimmed brown dress looks grim, deep blue background behind her.
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An old black woman in black robe, scarf and headdress in profile, she stands amidst red flowering bushes.
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Two black women, one old, one young, stand with baskets in their hands in a flowering meadow, in the background a green overgrown rocky slope, blue sky and white clouds.
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TRAILER: This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2019)

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Direction, Screenplay, Montage: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese Cinematography: Pierre de Villiers Music: Yu Miyashita Sound: Daniel Caleb, Colin Daniel Set Design: Leila Walter Costume: Nao Serati Production: Cait Pansegrouw, Elias Ribeiro

Cast: Mary Twala Mhlongo, Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha, Makhaola Ndebele, Tseko Monaheng, Siphiwe Nzima-Ntskhe, Thabiso Makoto, Thabo Letsie, Silas Taunyane Monyatsi

Country: Lesotho Year: 2019 Language/Subtitles: Sotho/German

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