This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Lesotho, South Africa, Italy 116 min Spanish premiere Fiction


Amongst the pythonic mountains of land-locked Lesotho, an 80-year-old widow winds up her earthly affairs, makes arrangements for her burial and prepares to die. But when her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to the construction of a reservoir, she finds a new will to live and ignites a collective spirit of defiance within her community. In the final dramatic moments of her life, Mantoa’s legend is forged and made eternal.


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Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

(Lesotho, 1980) He is a self-taught filmmaker and visual artist from Lesotho, based in Berlin. His film Mother, I am Suffocating. This is My Last Film About You, was selected for final cut in Venice in 2018, where it won six awards. It premiered in the Berlinale Forum in 2019. Mosese was one of three filmmakers selected for Biennale College Cinema with his feature film This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2019. Mosese is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talents (2011), Focus Features Africa First (2012), Realness African Screenwriting Residency (2017) and Cinefondation’s L’Atelier (2019).

Filmography: This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2019), Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You (2018), Mosonngoa (curt, 2014), For Those Whose God Is Dead (2013)

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Film information

Director: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Script: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Contact: Memento Films
With: Mary Twala Mlongo, Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha, Makhaola Ndebele, Tseko Monaheng, Siphiwe Nzima
Country: Lesotho, South Africa, Italy
Year: 2019
Format: DCP
Length: 116 min
Language: Sotho
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Catalan
Edition: 2020


Special Jury Award at the World Cinema section at Sundance


This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection