The Forgotten Kingdom
Saturday, April 11, 4 p.m.
All films at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s
This year, we at VSAFF begin a new tradition. We will present annually one film that focuses not on South Africa but on another African country. We begin with an outstanding feature — The Forgotten Kingdom.
Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.
The Forgotten Kingdom has been received favourably around the world and has won numerous awards.
Runtime: 1 hour 36 minutes
Director: Andrew Mudge
Producers: T.R. Boyce Jr., Pieter Lombaard, Cecil Matlou, Andrew Mudge
BEST FEATURE – WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
AUDIENCE AWARD – CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL
AUDIENCE AWARD – SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
BEST DIRECTOR – PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
AUDIENCE AWARD – ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
What the Critics are Saying
“A moving magical tale of identity.”
– THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Painterly, meditative… marked by compelling performances.”
— INDIEWIRE’S SHADOW AND ACT
“Not only are the sweeping grandeur of Lesotho and the compassionate performances remarkable, but they are matched by the director’s gentle insight into the traditions and timeless ways of Africa.”
— Leon van Nierop, THE CITIZEN
Thank You To Our Film Sponsors
Mannie & Armelle Druker