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This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

Eighty-year-old Mantoa from Lesotho is tired of life, but regains her vitality when she resists the construction of a large reservoir.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

After learning of the death of her last living son, 80-year-old Mantoa decides that for her too the time has come to bid life farewell. While making arrangements for her funeral, the news breaks that her village, somewhere in the hills of Lesotho, will have to give way to a reservoir and that the old graveyard will also be flooded. Mantoa refuses to accept this destructive form of progress and resolves to resist it. With her defiance her will to live returns.

In a near-documentary style director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, who also wrote the screenplay, not only tells a story about how people exist in their surroundings and the environment, but also about the tension between modernity and tradition; a story about the loss of everything you hold dear and the disappearance of memories. He deploys beautiful, visually meditative imagery, framed in an "old-fashioned" image size.

de Volkskrant