Films 2019

Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You.

Runtime:
76 min.
Year of Production:
2019
Country:
Lesotho
Director:
Cast:
Thato Khobotle
Mercy Koete
Pheku Lisema
Molibeli Mokake
Tsohle Mojati
Napo Kabele
Production Company:
Mokoari
Berlinale Section:
Forum
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

The people on the dusty streets of Lesotho stare inquisitively at the young woman, who, like Jesus, carries a wooden cross on her back. She looks back into their faces, at mystically beautiful landscapes, a herd of sheep, and a pair of hands that knit unceasingly. What she sees is rendered more visually precise by the black and white, more abstract by the slowed-down images, it is filtered through memories. A raw voice-over – aware that it is not being heard by those being addressed – structures the flow of images into a cinematic lament. In this essay film, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese succeeds in creating the chronicle of a radicalising sorrow, which steadily increases in scope from a personal farewell to the mother to a politically aware defection from the motherland. The painful process of shifting from an internal view of the small African country to an external one is visualised and commented on in a profoundly personal way – from the perspective of today, in exile, in Berlin. A pretty angel accompanies the passage. In intense, aching fashion, this unusual lament on an African story of migration sheds light on an realm of experience that is taboo and not only in cinema.

FILMOGRAFIE Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (selection)

2019 Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You. 

Interview with Jeremiah Mosese on 'Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You.'

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