Lefu

The Funeral

Short
African

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Director(s):

Omelga Mthiyane

Country:

South Africa

Year:

2020

Running Time:

10 min

Language(s):

Sesotho

Compassionate in how it captures its subjects and evocative in its editing, Lefu – The Funeral deals with one of the many devastating realities of the coronavirus pandemic. This film is a profound dedication to families who have suffered the loss of loved ones due to COVID-19. Dealing with the untimely death of his mother, Mpho Molutsi reflects on his inability to follow ceremonial burial practices to bury her because of the pandemic. We witness its disruptive nature in the way these practices have changed to comply with COVID-19 funeral guidelines. His story resonates with many South Africans who have had grief touch their lives directly during these times.

2021 (23rd) Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival