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New film documentary “Ho llela borena” to be shown at Lesotho Film Festival


Lesotho Film Festival: 3-5 November. Don’t miss the new film documentary “Ho llela borena” (Yearning to reign), directed by Ms Retšepile Makamane.

This production by Morija Museum will be screened on:

Friday, 04 November, 19h00 at Alliance Française, and again on
Saturday, 05 November at 15h00 at Kingsway Cinema (Victoria Hotel)

Ho llela borena
Elderly informants from the Royal Villages of Matsieng, Makeneng and Phahameng recall important stories that give meaning to the evolution of the monarchy from the time of Lerotholi until today. Often told from the perspective of women, the narrators focus as much on the royal women as their more well-known husbands.

This 54-minute documentary covers a good portion of the standard outline of the history of the royals of Lesotho, but in a frank and sometimes very personal manner, it is peppered with surprising tales, as well as humour, outrage, compassion, forgiveness, and hope for the future.

Retšepile Makamane, Director
Retšepile Makamane grew up listening to her grandmother’s stories and has been writing fiction from an early age. After studying philosophy and theater at the National University of Lesotho from 1995 to 1999, she moved to South Africa in 2001 to study drama and film at the University of Witwatersrand. In 2006 she became a commissioning editor for SABC Television in Johannesburg, writing short stories in her spare time.

For much of the period 2008–2015, Retšepile lived in Europe where she carried out graduate work in the Social Sciences and then Creative Writing, as well as devoting serious time to her literary career. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines across the world. Having returned to Lesotho in 2015, Ho llela borena is her first foray into film-directing.

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