This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

Beginning on Tuesday, June 15, Cinema Art Bethesda will stream the Basotho film, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection. The stream will be available until noon Sunday, June 20. There will be an $8.00 charge to watch the film. At noon on that Sunday, there will be a post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector via Zoom.

The film is 120 minutes long and in Southern Sotho with English subtitles. The film has won 20 awards including Best Cinematography at the 2020 African Movie Academy Awards and Visionary Filmmaking Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. This is the first film from Lesotho that Cinema Art Bethesda has presented in its 25 year history of screening foreign films.

Viewing the Film

There is an $8 charge to view the film.

To View the Film

On or after June 15, click the following link (or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar)
Follow the directions to order (or pre-order if you’ve accessed the link before June 15) and pay for the film. You may need to sign up to Eventive. Your card will be charged immediately. After the screening becomes available June 15th at 12:00 am, you’ll receive an email reminder and have 7 days to begin watching. Once you click “Watch now”, you’ll have unlimited access for 72 hours.

Film Discussion

A post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector will take place via Zoom at noon Sunday, June 20. To join the Zoom meeting on your computer, click the following link or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar.

If you are asked for a Meeting ID, use: 957 2569 4284
If you are asked for a Passcode, use: 290470

To join by phone dial by your location:

  • +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
  • +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
  • +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
  • +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
  • +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
  • +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 957 2569 4284
Passcode: 290470

If your local number is not on the list, find it here:


Mary Twala Mhlongo plays an 80-year-old woman who has lived in a small Lesotho village for her entire life. While preparing for her own death, she receives word of an accident that has killed her only son, leaving her entirely alone, with only the respect of her community, the traditions of her ancestors, and the courage of her convictions. When her community must relocate to make way for a nearby dam which would flood her family’s burial ground, Mantoa draws a line in the sand and becomes an unlikely political and spiritual leader.

[Text adapted from distributor’s website]