Lefu – The Funeral
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When Mpho Molotsi loses his mother to Covid-19, he is devastated to lose not only his closest relative, but also a confidant. The film is a portrait of final goodbyes, which follows Mpho and his family as they make final rites amidst the regulatory restrictions for burials during Covid-19.
Director: Omelga Mthiyane
Country: South Africa
Director Biography: Omelga Mthiyane is an award-winning filmmaker. She has directed and produced several documentary films for the South African Broadcasting corporation (SABC) and ETV. Her first film, Ikhaya Was premiered at the the Sundance Film Festival and more international Film Festivals. Other films directed and produced by Omelga Mthiyane are, ‘Different Pigment’, ‘Ikhaya Malawi’, ‘Inanda, My Heritage’. She has also directed TV series including ‘Headwrap’, ‘Khumbulekhaya’ and ‘Yobe’. She co-directed ‘Baraka’ which was a reaction documentary against xenophobic attacks that happened in 2008 in South Africa. Baraka premiered in the Berlinale before it was broadcasted by BBC World. Her film ‘Kushaya Igagasi’ won a prize at the Surfing festival in Portugal. She received her Bachelor in Technology from the Durban University of Technology and a Certificate in Documentary filmmaking from the Binger Institute and is currently doing her Masters in Film and Television with Witwatersrand University.
Producer: Don Edkins, Tiny Mungwe, Bérénice Hahn
Writer: Nadine Cloete (Story Consultant)