Courtesy of Dekanalog.

This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

April 2–18

Museum of the Moving Image is pleased to partner with Dekanalog to bring This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection directly to Museum members and patrons to view from home.

Watch This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (tickets: $10 / $8 MoMI members). A portion of ticket sales benefits the Museum and its staff.

Dir. Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese. Lesotho/South Africa/Italy, 2019, 117 mins. In Sesotho with English subtitles. With Mary Twala Mhlongo, Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha. In the devastating and hypnotic This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection, the remarkable Mary Twala Mhlongo (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. Preparing for her own death, she receives word that her only son was killed in an accident. When she discovers 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. This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection marks the introduction of a visionary new filmmaker, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, who was inspired by real-life events about his grandmother’s village on the verge of displacement. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Visionary Filmmaking at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. A Dekanalog release. View trailer.

“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.” —Andrew Bundy, The Playlist

Critic's Pick: "Lesotho-born director Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese shoots his film as a kind of living legend, with a mix of warm-hued tableaus and hillside portraits in defiance." –Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times