New local film on global warming coming up

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MASERU — A local film production company is putting finishing touches to a new film that looks at the issue of global warming in Europe and Africa.

Mokoari Street Productions said it will start shooting the new film called Red Drought next month.

Film-makers Jeremiah Mosese and Hanna Stockmann told the Weekender on Tuesday that the film will be screened sometime later this year.

Red Drought is a 95-minute thriller/drama starring local and European actors,” Mosese told the Weekender.

“The film is two-faced covering the impact of global warming on Europe and Africa and depicts which (of these two continents) will suffer the most.”

Mosese added: “The film depicts how hard European countries would suffer due to global warming and look to Africa for safety.”

Stockmann said “the film shows that most of Europe would be floored while in some countries water would be a scarce commodity, yet Africa would still survive”.

 “The first part of the film was shot in Berlin, Germany and next month we are going to be shooting in different locations in Lesotho to cover the Africa scenes,” she added.

“We are trying to shift the thought of Europe dominating Africa by promoting the importance of sharing power.

“This is because after global warming, Europe would be looking to Africa for safety,” Stockmann said.

The duo said the film would also try to be as authentic as possible by covering current affairs.

Mosese said they were going to stage auditions for individuals wishing to take part in the film at Alliance Franćaise on May 28 and 29.

Those who would have made it will be provided with two weeks’ training.

Mosese said the film is a journey that will help him discover who he is.

“It has been a great journey and very exciting to be the first Mosotho filmmaker to direct professional European actors,” he said.

Mosese said for the local film industry to reach greater heights, local businesses need to invest more into film-making.

“We are experiencing financial difficulties but we are not giving up. We want to show local businesses that we mean business and for the industry to grow we need their support.”

Mosese said they will target international film festivals soon after the film is finished.

“We are looking to submit the film at various international film festivals because we want it to reach a wider audience,” he said.

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