Heaven Reaches Down to Earth

After Tau comes to a realization about their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo - nothing will ever be the same between them.

Director Biography

Tebogo Malebogo is a South African writer, director and producer currently based in New York. In 2019 he co-founded Vanishing Elephant with his producing partner Petrus Van Staden. His work has screened at Locarno Film Festival, New York Film Festival, SXSW, New Directors/New Films, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. He has been awarded a Bronze Tanit from Carthage Film Festival, and a Special Jury Prize from AFI Fest. In 2021 he was selected for Berlinale Talents, where he developed his upcoming film through the Short Form Station.


Tebogo Malebogo




South Africa


English, Zulu






10 min.

The Geography Within Me

Thursday, 2 September 22:05 - 23:43 / Kijkhuis 1
98 min.
Sunday, 5 September 12:10 - 13:33 / Kijkhuis 2
83 min.

Also in this session

1. Words Words Words are Decorative Sounds
Giovanni Giaretta, 8
2. Heaven Reaches Down to Earth
Tebogo Malebogo, 10 min.
3. I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face
Sameh Alaa, 15 min.
4. Las fauces
Mauricio Maldonado, 16 min.
5. Les attendants
QuĂ˝ Truong Minh, 15 min.
6. The End of Suffering (a Proposal)
Jacqueline Lentzou, 14 min.

International Competition 1

Friday, 3 September 18:30 - 19:55 / Kijkhuis 1
85 min.

Also in this session

1. Red Aninsri; or, Tiptoeing on the Still Trembling Berlin Wall
Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke, 30 min.
2. Navozande, the Musician
Reza Riahi, 15 min.
3. Bella
Thelyia Petraki, 25 min.
4. Heaven Reaches Down to Earth
Tebogo Malebogo, 10 min.