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The Forgotten Kingdom (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 April 2014 (South Africa)
Atang leaves the slums of the big city to bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Befriended by an orphan herd-boy and stirred by memories of his ... See full summary »


Andrew Mudge


Andrew Mudge
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Cast overview:
Zenzo Ngqobe Zenzo Ngqobe ... Atang Mokoenya
Nozipho Nkelemba Nozipho Nkelemba ... Dineo
Lebohang Ntsane Lebohang Ntsane ... Orphan Boy
Jerry Mofokeng Jerry Mofokeng ... Katleho
Moshoeshoe Chabeli Moshoeshoe Chabeli ... Priest
Lillian Dube Lillian Dube ... Clinic Doctor
Silas Monyatse Silas Monyatse ... Mokebe
Mamello Patience Mamello Patience ... Burnt rondavel woman
Reitumetse Qobo Reitumetse Qobo ... Nkoti
Mokoenya Chele Mokoenya Chele ... Funeral home director
Bohlokoa Ramalitse Bohlokoa Ramalitse ... Sello
Sam Phillips Sam Phillips ... Shopkeeper
Jerry Phele Jerry Phele ... Atang's Father


Atang leaves the slums of the big city to bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Befriended by an orphan herd-boy and stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn to the mystical beauty and hardships of the people, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning. Written by Anonymous

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USA | South Africa | Lesotho


Southern Sotho

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11 April 2014 (South Africa) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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The Forgotten Kingdom is the first major feature film produced in Lesotho and in the Sesotho-language. See more »

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A human question
8 April 2014 | by mmonsor-1See all my reviews

This movie brings front and center what, after clean air, water, and fertile soil, well may be the main issue facing humanity at this time. What role, if any, do our religions, traditions, mythology, tribal wisdom, family culture and relationships, play in modern life?

We're only fooling ourselves when we think we can escape the fundamental problem by imagining that our 'past' - our memories about our experiences and our reactions to them, is objective fact of some kind. But it's not, we don't have the hardware to capture anything like that - those experiences, and especially our judgments about them, are points of view that we've taken that cumulatively shape and color the atmosphere of our lives. They're a personal mythology that both guides us and limits us at the same time. There's a wonderful exchange in the movie where Atang asks his young companion something like - 'What happened to your parents?' The response - 'They were great Basotho warriors. They died defending the kingdom.' Atang mulls over it for a second, and decides, 'Mine went that way too.' We don't know how 'we' got here or really what we're supposed to do. We know our time is limited. We have memories and feelings about our experiences, but little in the way of anything that could be legitimately called objective fact. We decide to interpret our experience in a certain way and it then frames our relationships and forms our personalities.

The movie is one man's evolutionary journey toward personal truth, triggered by his father's death, and what a funny, surprising, heartfelt, and beautiful journey it is.

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