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The Forgotten Kingdom

  • Drama
  • Action
  • 2013
  • Andrew Mudge
  • 96 mins
  • 12A

Summary

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.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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AtangZenzo Ngqobe
DineoNozipho Nkelemba
KatlehoJerry Mofokeng
Orphan boyLebohang Ntsane
PriestMoshoeshoe Chabeli
DoctorLillian Dube
Atang's fatherJerry Phele
NkotiReitumetse Qobo

Crew

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DirectorAndrew Mudge

Details

Theatrical distributor
Munro Film Services
Released on
2015-08-21
Languages
English | Southern Sotho
Guidance
Some violence, swearing, sexual references.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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