Mary Twala's final film to be released in cinemas for one week to qualify for Oscars submission

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Mary Twala in This Is Not A Burial, It's a resurrection.
Mary Twala in This Is Not A Burial, It's a resurrection.
Photo: Indigenous Film Distribution
  • Basotho film This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection will screen in cinemas for one week to qualify for Oscars submission.
  • The film directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese stars Mary Twala in one of her final roles.
  • The film won World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival in January.


This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection, starring the late South African screen legend Mary Twala, starts its Oscar-qualifying run on 27 November at Ster Kinekor Tygervalley in Cape Town and at Ster Kinekor Sandton in Johannesburg.

The film will screen until 4 December, in line with the rules for qualifying films for the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards, which require films to screen for seven days to be eligible for nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"Our film will be Lesotho's first-ever Oscar entry. This is a historic moment!" says producer Cait Pansegrouw of lauded production company URUCU. "It was made under such humble and challenging circumstances, but it continues to amaze us as it takes on a life of its own. I am exceedingly proud and so thankful for everything that it has achieved."

Directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, the film was viewed by critics as one of the best films at this year's Sundance Film Festival, held in January where it won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking.

The film centres on an elderly widow named Mantoa (Mary Twala), grieving the loss of her son. Determined to die and be laid to rest with her family, her plans are interrupted when she discovers that the village and its cemetery will be forcibly resettled to make way for a dam reservoir. Refusing to let the dead be desecrated, she finds a new will to live and ignites a collective spirit of defiance within her community.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT'S A RESURRECTION (TRAILER) // Sundance Film Festival Official Selection 2020 from Urucu Media on Vimeo.

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