SA co-production The Forgotten Kingdom in top spot at Lesotho box office

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The Forgotten Kingdom, the first movie filmed in Lesotho and in the Sesotho-language, was released on 4 April and shot to the number one spot on circuit in  its opening weekend in Maseru, the country’s capital.

Directed by Andrew Mudge, the film outperformed Hollywood blockbusters  Captain America and Noah at Ster-Kinekor’s Pioneer Mall cinema.

The film has been nominated in nine African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)  categories, including Best Feature Film, Best Director of a Feature Film, Best First  Feature Film by a Director, Best Actor (Zenzo Ngqobe) and Best Cinematography.  Lebohang Ntsane has also received a nomination for Best Child Actor.

Says executive producer Chris Roland of ZenHQ: “We are very proud of the  nominations, and we congratulate the entire cast and crew. Special mention  must go to Lebohang Ntsane, for his excellent performance as a young orphan  boy. Lebohang was chosen from more than 700 aspiring young actors in  Lesotho.”

In the movie, Atang Mokoenya (Zenzo Ngqobe) lives in Johannesburg and  travels to his birth country Lesotho, the land he has forgotten, to bury his  estranged father. During his journey he gets drawn in by the mystical beauty of  Lesotho and connects with his childhood friend, Dineo, with whom he falls in love. But  winning her father’s approval proves to be a very difficult task…

Comments Mudge: “I wanted the story to be told through the colours of the land  and the faces of the Basotho people. My own experience of discovering this  country was like finding something exquisite and unique.

“I wanted to convey that experience to an audience through the journey of the  main character. Atang Mokoenya is a man who unwillingly experiences a life  transformation when he returns to a place that had he long ago chose to  forget,” says the director.

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