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.
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Lesotho / Qatar 2019
76’ · Black/White
Thato Khobotle (A woman carrying a cross)Mercy Koetle (Mother)Pheku Lisema (Blind walker)Molibeli Mokake (Butcher)Tsohle Mojati (Blind man)Napo Kalebe (Doris the Beautiful)Sivan Ben Yishai (Narrator)
Born in 1980. In 2011, Mosese participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus. Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You is his first feature-length film.Filmography
2014 Mosonngoa (Mocked One) 2015 Behemoth or the Game of God 2019 Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019