Coming of Age, Selected For Berlinale

Coming Of Age is premiering in the Crystal Bear competition of the 14plus section of the Berlinale, amongst 14 other feature length films. It is one of 65 short and long films from 35 countries, selected for the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competitions. Grounded in their respective political and cultural contexts, the selected films paint sensitive portraits of extraordinary characters often living in hermetically sealed worlds.

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Coming of Age Synopsis

Coming Of Age is a film that follows teenagers over two years as they grow up deep in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Very little happens in their Ha Sekake village, but from their perspective, a lot is at stake.

Lefa, who wears her heart on her sleeve, sees her world fall apart when her best friend Senate leaves the village. She too must decide whether to stay or leave in search of better education and new opportunities.

Retabile takes care of the family’s livestock up in a remote cattle post, for eight months of the year, helped by his younger brother Mosaku. He watches as his brother goes through a rite of passage into adulthood.

The summer of youth is quickly over. Doors into adulthood open and close.

Director: Teboho Edkins

Executive Producer: Don Edkins

Year: 2015

Duration: 63 mins

Countries featured: Lesotho, South Africa, Germany

Languages: Sesotho with English subtitles

A STEPS production.