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SESOTHO MEDIA & DEVELOPMENT (SM&D) is a non-governmental organization based in Maseru, Lesotho. It operates countrywide and believes that communication processes need to be put at the service of the poor in order to access information and thus enabling Basotho to make informed decisions about issues that affect their daily lives. SM&D has a long track record of successfully implementing programs reaching out to a wide range of audience through facilitated film screenings.

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  • LesothoFilm Festival

    Nov 17th - 21st 2015

  • ) is a non-governmental SESOTHO MEDIA & DEVELOPMENT (SM&D organisation based in Maseru, Lesotho. It operates countrywide and believes that communication processes need to be put at the service of the poor in order to access information and thus enabling Basotho to make informed decisions about issues that affect their daily

    lives. SM&D has a long track record of successfully implementing

    programs reaching out to a wide range of audiences through facilitated film screenings.

    LESOTHO FILM FESTIVALLesotho Film Festival is an annual event. Sesotho Media & Development has carried out this festival since

    th2011, being the 5 festival conducted in 2015. This year's event brings to you stories from Lesotho and across our beautiful continent, under the theme #TellingAfricanStories.

    The Lesotho Film Festival (2015) will take place from the 17th November - 21st November 2015. SM&D intends to make the film festival to become a national platform to view and review development dialogues through the camera lenses of primarily Basotho film producers, but also international producers. SM&D believesthat the film festival is a breeding ground for development ideas and a good networking space for government, corporate and community stakeholders.

    ABOUT SESOTHO MEDIA & DEVELOPMENT

    AWARDS FOR LESOTHO FILMS 1. Best Short Film 2. Best Documentary3. Best Student Film4. Best Feature Film5. Special Award6. Jury Special Mention

  • THANK YOU NOTE

    We would like to thank all the filmmakers who have provided all these wonderful films. We also want to thank

    our partners and sponsors who have continually and tirelessly supported us our funding partners, Lesotho's

    corporate sector, implementing partner's local partners, and media houses. In particular, we would like to thank our patron, Chief Seeiso Bereng Seeiso for supporting the filmmakers and the vision of the festival,

    and help forge a creative voice in the future of Lesotho.

    Thank you!

    Lesotho Film Festival Team

    POSITION HELDProgram ManagerMonitoring & Evaluation CoordinatorCapacity Building AdvisorAccountantCommunity Training OfficerCommunity Training OfficerCommunity Training OfficerProgram Facilitator & LGBTI SpecialistTechnical Officer Film Festival Coordinator/Technical AssistantFilm Festival Volunteer

    NAME OF EMPLOYEEMamolefe PetlaneHape MoshabeshaChristoph BendixLehlohonolo RatlouMahlotse RamokotjoBohlale SentoMalehloa KalatiSherriff MothopengThabo NkuebeSenate PitsoThea Westphal

    SESOTHO MEDIA & DEVELOPMENT STAFF

  • I'M ALIVE2015SHORT FILMHABOFANOE LETSOSA

    A man meets an emotionally tormented young mother with a three monthsold daughter at Leteng la bofifi (Lake of darkness).

    Habofanoe Letsosa was born in 1988. He is an aspiring local filmproducer, director, writer and editor aiming at taking the Africanstories to the next level using film.

    The films he has produced so far are:Letsekang (2010)Tsubalala (2012)Khutsana (2013)The Dead End (2014)Golgotha (2014) unreleasedI'm Alive (2015)I am the Rose (2015)

    LESOTHO FILMS

    NAME OF FILMYEARGENREDIRECTOR

    SYNOPSIS

    TIME 12min

    18 NOV 17:00-17:1220 NOV 20:45-21:00

    KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)

  • RESTORATION OF PEACE2015ANIMATIONRELEBOHILE MONKHE

    An animated documentary outlining the biographical history of kings in Lesotho.

    NAME OF FILMYEARGENRE DIRECTOR

    SYNOPSIS

    TIME 10min

    Relebohile Jonase Monkhe is young motivated filmmaker in the film industry, mostly focusing in animation. He studied TV and Film Production in Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.

    18 NOV 17:30-17:4020 NOV 20:35-20:45

    17 NOV 11:35-11:45 STATE LIBRARY (AMERICAN CORNER)KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)

    LESOTHO FILMS

  • MOKOAO2015FEATURE FILMMOSHE LEOMA

    NAME OF FILMYEARGENRE DIRECTOR

    SYNOPSIS

    TIME 67min

    After his father's death, a young orphan is treated brutally by a village mob. He flees from the scene and from his village in search of safety and security.

    Moshe Leoma is a member of the National Assembly. He worked togetherwith communities in cooperatives societies, is a founder of the Tsoana-MalibaCultural Village Cooperative Society where he started to focus on filmproduction. He aims to use film to educate Basotho about Sesotho culture.

    17 NOV 14:15-15:25 STATE LIBRARY (AMERICAN CORNER)

    LESOTHO FILMS

  • LI PELE LI MAROA2015SHORT FILMMOLIFI NTONYANA

    NAME OF FILMYEARGENRE DIRECTOR

    SYNOPSIS

    TIME 40min

    He established the Basotho Intelligent and Creative Theatre Group (BICTG) where under his leadership films such as 'Bocha Ke Palesa', 'Blessing In Disguise' and 'Li Pele Li Morao' were produced. He is the President of the Youth Technical Team Lesotho, and chairman of the Board of Directors from Young Positive Generation Of Lesotho. Now he is working at South Africa as Sibanye Gold as assistant HR.

    The film is based on a true story of a man who went to Maseru in order to find a job and left his wife in a rural area. When he gets a job as gardener at a wealthy family he falls in love with the wife of his boss.

    17 NOV 15:30-16:10 STATE LIBRARY (AMERICAN CORNER)

    LESOTHO FILMS

  • MARRIAGE AT THE BEDSIDE OF DEATH2015DRAMALEPHEANE MOSOOANE

    NAME OF FILMYEARGENRE DIRECTOR

    SYNOPSIS

    TIME 20min

    Lesoetsa, a college student, dumps his college girlfriend for refusing to have an abortion. Five years later Lesoetsa is infected with a new fatal virus that kills within three days and can only be cured by blood transfusions from his former girlfriend's child.

    He has a B.A Degree in Theatre and Drama and has worked as Radio Drama Scriptwriter for PHELA Health and Development Communications. In 2013, he created one short documentary,'The Darkest Hour', and in 2014, a short TV drama 'The Last Teardrop' while at Kick4Life. In 2015 that he produced 'Marriage at the Bedside of Death'. To date, he has won two Lesotho Film Festival Awards: Best Amateur Documentary for The Darkest Hour and Best 48Hour Film for The Last Tear Drop. Currently he is involved in commercial filmmaking and producing self-funded films.

    17 NOV 20:45-21:05 ALLIANCE FRANAISE OUHLA LA(OUT DOOR SCREENING)

    21 NOV 14:55-15:15 KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)

    LESOTHO FILMS

  • FUTURE TODAY2015DOCUMENTARYMOSEME MORAPELI

    NAME OF FILMYEARGENRE DIRECTOR

    SYNOPSIS

    TIME 10min

    Ordinary people living in Maseru reveal their own ideas of ambition, purpose, fulfillment, joy and destiny.

    He is fascinated by the idea of being able to capture moments and create his world through film. He studied at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, and got his greatest exposure to the industry in the making of The Forgotten Kingdom.

    FilmographyMotivations of Betrayal Botebo Ba Keko (director, writer), 2010The Forgotten Kingdom (grip/gaffer assistant) internship, 2011The Journey Leeto (cinematographer, writer, director) short documentary 2012In This Life Bophelong Bona (writer, director, editor) short film, 2014Future Today - Bokamoso Ka Jeno (writer, director, cinematographer, editor) short documentary, 201517 NOV 17:20-17:3019 NOV 17:00-17:1021 NOV 15:20-17:30

    KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)

    LESOTHO FILMS

  • LEKUNUTU2014FEATURE FILMMATAULI MOKETE AND MATSIETSI RATULO

    NAME OF FILMYEARGENRE DIRECTOR

    SYNOPSIS

    TIME 75min

    The film deals with revelations of secrets and its impact on family life.

    Matauli Mokete studied radio and TV broadcasting. In 2013 she directed a film named 'I am my father's daughter' which was a school project which won the best student's docu-drama in the Lesotho Film Festival 2013. She is currently doing her internship at Lesotho television as an assistant producer.

    Matsietsi Celina Ratulo completed tertiary in 2014 at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. She is the producer and writer of Lekunutu'. Currently she is volunteering at the Lesotho National Broadcasting Service as a TV program producer and Outside Broadcasting/Studio Personnel.

    20 NOV 14:00-15:15 KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)

    LESOTHO FILMS

  • LIFARIKI2014ANIMATIONPATRICK RORKE

    NAME OF FILMYEARGENRE DIRECTOR

    SYNOPSIS

    TIME 4min

    This animation portrays the amazing and funny life of Bokang, who needs to take care of the pigs after his father's death.

    Patrick Rorke an artist and animator living in Morija. He was born in 1953, also in Morija. Currently he is the coordinator of Morija Arts Centre, which has within it, the Linoting Animation Studio.

    18 NOV 17:20-17:2417 NOV 17:35-17:39

    KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)STATE LIBRARY (AMERICAN CORNER)

    21 NOV 14:30-14:34 KINGSWAY CINEMA (VICTORIA HOTEL)

    LESOTHO FILMS

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  • MOTJOLI2015DOCUMENTARYREMAKETSE NTSUKUNYANE

    LESOTHO STUDENT FILMS

    NAME OF FILMYEARGENRE DIRECTOR

    SYNOPSIS

    TIME 10min

    This film deals mainly with health issues affecting men, digging deeper into issues of circumcision and protection from STD's from a male point of view.

    Remaketse Ntsukun