Hake sa rata is a gripping drama-thriller film set in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, a small country in southern Africa. The story revolves around two brothers, Tsepo and Mohau, who are caught in a cycle of violence that has plagued their family and their community for generations. Tsepo is a young man in his early 30s, who has risen through the ranks of a local gang known for their involvement in illegal activities. He is feared and respected by many in the community, including his
younger brother, Mohau. Mohau, on the other hand, is a timid and introverted young man, who aspires to break free from the violent legacy of his family and build a better life for himself and his loved ones.
As Tsepo becomes increasingly entrenched in the criminal underworld, Mohau tries to distance himself from his brother’s influence and find a different path. However, their lives become intertwined in unexpected ways when Mohau’s girlfriend, Lerato, is violently assaulted by a rival gang, and Tsepo seeks revenge, setting off a chain of events that spiral out of control. Caught in the crossfire of escalating violence, Mohau must confront his own demons and navigate a dangerous world where survival often comes at a high cost. He struggles to protect his family, find his own identity, and resist the allure of the gang lifestyle that has ensnared his brother.
As tensions rise and the consequences of their actions become dire, Tsepo and Mohau must confront the harsh reality of their choices and face the true cost of violence. Can they break free from the cycle of bloodshed that has haunted their family for generations, or will they be consumed by it?
Hake sa rata is a compelling and gritty film that explores the impact of violence on individuals, families, and communities, while shedding light on the unique cultural context of Lesotho. It delves into the complexities of brotherhood, identity, and the pursuit of redemption, with raw and powerful performances from the cast. The film paints a vivid picture of the harsh realities faced by many in Lesotho and raises thought-provoking questions about the human capacity for change and the
consequences of violence in a community striving for peace.

  • Litsepe Jane
  • Motsamai Ralesoetsa
  • Bernedic Mosola
  • Mafa Tsiame
    Key Cast
  • Motsoane Joel Melao
    Key Cast
  • Mpotse Moroa
    Key Cast
  • Mamello Ralethoko
    Key Cast
  • Mahlape Ramahaetsane
    Key Cast
  • Mpho Khobotle
    Key Cast
  • Peete Matsoso
    Key Cast
  • Leraba Marumo
    Key Cast
  • Bernedic T Mosola
    D O P
  • Kabelo Majoro
    Boom Operator
  • Poloko David Tsimane
    Boom Operator
  • Leroba Marumo
    Make-Up artist
  • Nthabiseng Violet Rabolinyane
  • Bernedic T Mosola
  • Mpho Khobotle
    Production Designer
  • Litsepe Jane
  • Daniel Mochesane
  • Thato Mokhachane
  • Rethabile Moiloa
  • Tokelo Kholoanyane
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, thriller
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 17, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
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  • Language:
    Southern Sotho
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Director - Litsepe Jane