The South African Sesotho film, The Forgotten Kingdom, has bagged the Audience Award for Best Feature at this year's Ashland Independent Film Festival in Oregon. This jam-packed event took place from 4 to 8 April in the American city.

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The audience at Oregon's Ashland Independent Film Festival loved The Forgotten Kingdom, the beautiful drama about a man's return to his roots.

The Forgotten Kingdom tells the story of Atang, who leaves the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born.

Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn towards the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten.

The lead roles are played by Zenzo Ngqobe and Nozipho Nkelemba, both known for their work in TV productions, including the soapie Rhythm City. Supporting roles are played by Jerry Mofokeng and Lillian Dube.

Although The Forgotten Kingdom has a distribution deal for Europe with The Little Film Company, which also distributed Spud, it does not have a local release date yet.