The Forgotten Kingdom

The Forgotten Kingdom

Andrew Mudge (2013)

12A Certificate
Tue 28 Nov 7:40am - 9:30am Sky Cinema Select


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Taking his late father's body back for burial in his ancestral homeland prompts a young Johannesburg resident to reconnect with the land and the tribal ties his family had long since left behind, in this very first feature film to be shot in the land-locked country of Lesotho. American film-maker Andrew Mudge first visited when his brother was a Peace Corps volunteer, and obviously fell under the place's spell, since this beautifully shot story conveys a reverence for its verdant rolling landscapes while remaining clear-eyed about the struggles of its populace. The mysteries of tribal magic are explored along the journey, but it's the country's Aids crisis that provides the crux of the plot, since the rekindling of childhood romance is complicated by the social stigma the virus places on the household in a tight-knit Lesotho community. The resolution proves heartfelt and touching, and if the script sometimes waxes too mystical for its own good, the film's ultimately so genuine it's hard to resist.


A young man reluctantly embarks on a journey to his ancestral land of Lesotho to bury his estranged father, and finds himself drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and the land he had forgotten. Drama, starring Zenzo Ngqobe, Nozipho Nkelemba and Lebohang Ntsane. In Southern Sotho.

Cast & Crew

Atang Zenzo Ngqobe
Dineo Nozipho Nkelemba
Katleho Jerry Mofokeng
Orphan boy Lebohang Ntsane
Priest Moshoeshoe Chabeli
Doctor Lillian Dube
Atang's father Jerry Phele
Nkoti Reitumetse Qobo
Director Andrew Mudge
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Other Information

Language: Sotho +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Munro Film ServicesGuidance: Some violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 21 Aug 2015