February 15 - 20, 2023

Select Page

FROM TRASH TO TREASURE: turning negatives into positives

By Iara Lee

In Lesotho—a highland country surrounded by South Africa—an artist named Nthabiseng TeReo Mohanela takes discarded materials and transforms them into unique clothing and accessories. Teaching young people the benefits of recycling and re-creation, she calls her project “From Trash to Treasure.” With TeReo’s work as a starting point, this short film showcases a broader spirit of reimagination among artists in Lesotho, who use creativity to respond to entrenched social problems: Filmmakers show the need to end child marriage. Musicians write songs about climate change. Farmers collect seeds to protect endangered tree species. Designers use fashion to preserve traditional Basotho culture and challenge common perceptions of Africa. Profiling a variety of these innovators, FROM TRASH TO TREASURE: turning negatives into positives encourages us to take lessons from those who rethink, reuse, and reinvent in order to promote positive change.

Additional Information

Title

FROM TRASH TO TREASURE: turning negatives into positives

Director

Iara Lee

Country

Lesotho/USA/Bulgaria

Year

2020

Category

Documentary Short

Duration

25’

Language

English

Actors

Kaizer Matsumunyane, Khothatso Ranoosi, Kutloane Sehloho, Lehlohonolo Tlhaole, Lynor Mahase, Mamolefe Petlane, Meshu Mokitimi, Neo Kabi,Nthabiseng TeReo Mohanela, Paul Rafoneke, Reekelitsoe Molapo, Relebohile Mats’ela, Retšelisitsoe Takana, Sibusiso Sadon Adontsi, Siphiwe Nzima Nts’ekhe, Tankiso Pita, Teboho Moekoa, Thabo Dripz Malefetsane, Tumisang Taabe