The mountain kingdom of Lesotho may be most famous for its spectacular vistas, blanketed horseriders and more recently a murderous soap-opera saga involving its former first lady. But that’s about to change thanks to the country’s first entry for the Academy Awards, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection.

’Evocatively shot and elegiacally directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Moses, the film is the first by a Mosotho filmmaker in the Sotho language to be screened internationally. It features a final, poignant and awesome performance from the late actor Mary Twala Mhlongo, who died in July...

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