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

2020

3/5
Mother, I Am Suffocating. This Is My Last Film About You

Summary

The film depicts the scenario of personal experiences of the director after his departure from Lesotho who now resides in Germany.

Production: Doha Film Institute

Direction: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

Starring: Napo Kalebe, Moliteli Mokake

Release Date: 9 February 2020

Genre: Drama

Run time: 1h 16min

Rating: 3/5

Review

The wastelands and crowded streets of an African country are traversed by a woman bearing a wooden cross on her back. She is followed by sellers, beggars and passersby, outraged voices, pity and curious glances.

Parallel to her, among a herd of sheep, a lamb toddles its way from the far away mountains into the heart of the city, only to find itself dangling, skinned and headless, on a butcher’s shoulder. In the meantime, under the scorching sun, in a roofless house, a woman is persistently knitting a garment, unwinding a thread coiled over her son’s face.

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

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