Coming of Age


South Africa, Germany / 2015
Narrative / 63 min / Colored

Director:Teboho Edkins
Cinematography: Samuel Lahu
Producer: Don Edinks, Teboho Edkins
Production: Steps, Don Edkins and Teboho Edkins, deutsche film- und fernsehakademie berlin

Coming Of Age is a film that follows teenagers over the course of two years as they grow up deep in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Very little happens in the village of Ha Sekake, 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 a 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. He is helped by his younger brother Mosaku, who watches as Retabile goes through a rite of passage that will mark his transition into manhood. The summer of youth is quickly over, doors into adulthood open and close.

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