This is not a burial, it's a resurrection / Urucu, Artscope -- a Memento Films International label, and La Biennale de Venezia present ; written and directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese ; produced by Cait Pansegrouw, Elias Ribeiro.

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Southern Sotho
Director-approved Blu-ray edition.
  • [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2023]
  • ©2023
1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. 1 folded sheet (12 pages :color illustrations ; 17 cm)


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  • 4 3/4 in.
  • polychrome rdacc
Summary note
With a poet's eye for place, light, and the spiritual dimensions of everyday existence, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese crafts a meditation on the concept of homeland and a transcendent elegy for what is lost in the name of progress. Grieving and alone following the deaths of her husband and children, elderly Mantoa (Mary Twala Mhlongo, in a soul-shaking end-of-life performance) prepares for her death and to be buried alongside her ancestors. When plans for a new dam near her village in the landlocked kingdom of Lesotho threaten to wash away all she holds dear, Mantoa takes a last stand, mobilizing her neighbors to fight for their land and their way of life. The experience of watching Mosese's visionary, much-lauded This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection is as timeless and elemental as the land itself.
  • Title from title frame, credits and container.
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 2019.
  • Full screen (1.40:1).
  • Special features: New audio commentary featuring Mosese and Cait Pansegrouw; Mosese's short films: Mosonngoa (2014) and Behemoth: or The game of God (2016), along with his 2019 essay film Mother, I am suffocating; This is my last film about you, with a new introduction by Mosese; essay by novelist and playwright Zakes Mda.
  • Accompanied by folded sheet (12 pages) with an essay by novelist and playwriter Zakes Mda.
Creation/​Production credits
Cinematography by Pierre de Villiers ; edited by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese ; score composed by Yu Miyashita.
System details
Blu-ray; region A; full screen (1.40:1); DTS-HD master audio 5.1 surround; requires Blu-ray player.
Mary Twala Mhlongo, Jerry Mofokeng Wa Makhetha, Makhaola Ndebele, Tseko Monaheng, Siphiwe Nzima.
Language note
Sotho (Sesotho) dialogue; English subtitles.
Other title(s)
  • This is not a burial, it is a resurrection
  • This is not a burial, it's a resurrection (Motion picture)
  • Mosonngoa.
  • Behemoth, or, The game of God.
  • Mother, I am suffocating. This is my last film about you.
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  • 715515280914
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