Spotlight on Lesotho
We’ve started a new tradition at VSAFF. Every year we’ll put a spotlight on another African country. We’re thrilled to present The Forgotten Kingdom as our first feature in this series.
“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
The Forgotten Kingdom has been widely celebrated. It won Best Feature at the Woodstock Film Festival. It won Audience Awards at the Cambridge Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival. The list goes on.
The film follows Atang Mokoenya, who 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.
You can see The Forgotten Kingdom at this year’s VSAFF: Saturday, April 11, 4 p.m., at SFU Woodward’s.
Thanks to our film sponsors, Mannie & Armelle Druker, for their continued support of VSAFF.