2011-2020ArthouseDocumentaryLemohang Jeremiah MoseseLesotho

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese – Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You. (2019)

The idea of mother as “home” continues in the MOTHER, I AM SUFFOCATING. THIS IS MY LAST FILM ABOUT YOU. Black and white, pensive and passionate in its expression of sorrow, the essay film by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is an intimate farewell letter painstakingly written, but never sent. How can you say goodbye to your homeland? Citing European films and their cinematic goodbyes, the distracted voice shares snippets of intimate memories with pop culture references. The echoing and crackling lament of the voiced letter feels thrice removed, a sonic representation of memories recalled in exile. Drenched in perspiration and dragging a wooden cross, Mosese’s barefoot protagonist crosses contemporary Lesotho, occasionally returning our gaze and those of the unimpressed onlookers in the street. They are accompanied by another figure, a beautiful fairy with translucent wings who dances and smiles at the camera. These two characters, one laden and one light, lead us through the city. The film speaks in images of empty markets, bare landscapes and intimate gazes; portraits that resonate when juxtaposed with the elegiac voiceover. Camera memory is captured in sumptuous long takes, occasional hand-held camera shots, vivid freeze-frames and pointed extreme close-ups. Mosese’s Lesotho is modern, picturesque and complex.

2.86GB | 1h 16mn | 1440×1080 | mkv


Subtitles:English – hc

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