The Forgotten Kingdom

The Forgotten Kingdom
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The Forgotten Kingdom
Lesotho, 2013, 98 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: South Africa
Topics: African Interest, Coming of Age, Drama
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Sesotho English Sub-Titles

One of the poorest countries in the world, Lesotho is a beautiful, mountainous kingdom landlocked by South Africa. Economic necessity drives many of the population, the Basotho, to seek work in Johannesburg. Such is the experience of Atang, who only returns to fulfill his promise to bury his estranged father in the remote village where he was born.

It’s a melancholy pilgrimage, but also a journey of rediscovery and love. US filmmaker Andrew Mudge spent a year in Lesotho preparing his first feature (also, incidentally, the first feature ever made in that country). He has made a lovely, contemplative, transcendent movie, a film that transports us to somewhere new and strange, yet immediately familiar.

"Vast and rugged landscapes. Horsemen wrapped in blankets moving through snow peaked valleys. Thatched-hut villages lost in time. In 'The Forgotten Kingdom', I wanted to make a film that was primarily visual, told through the colors of the land and the faces of the Basotho people. My own experience of discovering this mostly overlooked country called Lesotho was like finding something exquisitely beautiful and unique. I wanted to convey that experience to an audience."
- Andrew Mudge

Winner: Best Feature, Woodstock and Sarasota Film Festivals

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director, Executive Producer, Producer

DIRECTOR: Andrew Mudge
Producer: Timothy R. Boyce, Jr., Pieter Lombaard, Cecil Matlou
Editor: Andrew Mudge
Screenwriter: Andrew Mudge
Cinematographer: Carlos Carvalho
Music: Robert Miller
Principal Cast: Zenzo Ngqobe, Nozipho Nkelemba, Jerry Mofokeng, Lebohang Ntsane, Jerry Phele, Moshoeshoe Chabeli, Lillian Dube
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: TFK LLC

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