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Lengwete

Publishing Date : 23 September, 2019

Author : TLHABO KGOSIEMANG

Young local filmmaker Tebo Magopane is making a name for himself in the film industry in Botswana. He is back again, and this time around with his work of genius movie dubbed ‘’Lengwethe’’.


He has been contributing his creative eye and attention to detail on a number of short successful films such as Sebonta, and having worked with the most brilliant film producers, his talent has gone far and wide, but sometimes it goes overlooked. ‘’Lengwethe movie is about redemption, the golly and compassion of God.


The term Lengwethe means soil clot, and the motive behind this appellation was to show spectators that one can be as tough as a soil clot when they have given up in life, but God can thaw and break you, and form you back into rather a great thing and totally dissimilar from what you were initially’’ he said during an interview


He said this movie was inspired by the love God has for his people, stressing that God has miraculous works that he uses to create prodigious persons and how he guises beyond imperfections and faults. ‘’I have learnt that God is a powerful being that is capable of doing right and what we wouldn’t expect as humans. He is doing incredible things that I personally I am gratified of. If someone believes in God, they are able to see transformation, advancement and accomplishment.


So the movie basically escalates God for all that is doing for its people’’. A 50-minute movie that was produced late last year sees Magopane playing a role of Lengwethe, and was produced by Ewetse Speakson, Thabang Segabaneng as well as Magopane himself. It premiered recently at the Capitol cinema in Riverwalk.  


Magopane indicated that he featured as a protagonist in a short film Sebonta which screened numerous times at Riverwalk New Capitol Cinema due to high public demand. The film, which was part of his school final year project, was meant to address the sensitive issue of homosexuality and show the vulnerabilities of homophobia in modern-day society.  He went on to play at Johannesburg film festival and Germany as well as in Berlin.


He also featured in a South African movie which was destined to play on Mzansi Magic but never saw the light of the day due to complicated events. However, he played a lead role in a local short film dubbed Forest for the Trees as well as on Mareledi. His first theatre play role was at Maitisong in a play called Signature.

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