Maseru, 24 March
Hundreds of Basotho celebrated World Water Day with the local premier of award-winning 2019 Sesotho film drama ‘This is not a burial, it’s a resurrection’.
The screening was used by ReNOKA to engage local communities on their role as custodians for Lesotho’s precious water and land resources.
The people from Ha Dinizulu, Ha Raboletsoe and Kolo Ha Mohlalefi then held active discussions
The film by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese won 22 international prizes and was Lesotho’s first submission for the Academy Awards. It was filmed in Ha Dinizulu in 2019 and was being seen for the first time by the community.
“It was exciting to see familiar faces and relive the shooting of the movie in my community of Ha-Dinizulu,” said a community member.
“Our intention with this event was to engage local communities in discussions about how to work together and act as custodians for our land and water, but also for our heritage and culture,” said Gerard Rasekoele, Catchment Manager in the Ministry of Water. “We feel that movies are a great tool to bring people together, especially in rural communities.”
The movie screenings were a collaboration with Sunshine Cinema, Africa’s first solar powered cinema network, which uses films as a tool for dialogue and social change.
ReNOKA (‘we are a river’) is a national programme and citizen movement for the restoration of land and water in Lesotho and the Orange-Senqu basin. Support for ReNOKA is provided through a partnership between the Government of Lesotho, the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The EU and BMZ contributions are implemented through a technical assistance project “Support to Integrated Catchment Management in Lesotho” by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
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