By: Poelano Malema
Legendary actress Mary Twala-Mhlongo passed away on 4 July 2020 at the age of 80.
A year after her passing, South Africans have taken to social media to remember the legend’s life.
“On this day last year u left the earth but u definitely never left me…….forever my Ma,” wrote Twala’s son, Somizi Mhlongo.
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“May her soul rest in peace,” wrote Shauwn Mkhize.
Other celebrities who remembered the star include Thando Thabethe, Nhlanhla Nciza, and Cassper Nyovest.
‘This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection’
Mary Twala-Mhlongo’s last film, ‘This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection’, came out in cinemas across South Africa on the 21st of May 2021.
Many South Africans have praised the film.
— Kirsten Youens – attorney (@kirstenyouens) July 4, 2021
Another one of my favourite films from 2020, This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection, is also screening starting next week. A deliriously beautiful about a dying community resurrected, some of my favourite images from any film in recent years. https://t.co/l8Biw0dR6q pic.twitter.com/gfsCT2RX6b
— Justine Peres Smith (@redroomrantings) July 2, 2021
Recommended: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION from Lesotho. Mary Twala is excellent.
— Witney Seibold (@WitneySeibold) July 3, 2021
Also finally watched This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection, and good lord I could watch Mary Twala’s face forever. Very cool to see Jerry Mofokeng again too, I liked him in Five Fingers For Marseilles pic.twitter.com/u4q6zPmENT
— Katie Rife (@RifewithKatie) July 1, 2021
In the movie, Twala-Mhlongo plays an 80-year-old widow who finds a new will to live when her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to a reservoir construction project.
Watch the trailer below.
Image courtesy of YouTube screenshot.