Heaven Reaches Down To Earth

Heaven Reaches Down To Earth

Directed by Tebogo Malebogo

Genre Fiction
Country South Africa
Year 2020
Length 10
Formats DCP
Sound 5.1
Version English subtitles


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.


taboos, desire, sexuality, nature, homosexuality, quest, LGBTQ


Tebogo Malebogo is a South African director. His first short, Mthunzi (2019), premiered at Locarno and New York Film Festival. It was awarded the Special Jury Award at AFI Fest. His sophomore short, Heaven Reaches Down to Earth (2020), screened at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival.


Thapelo Maropefela
Sizo Mahlangu



Petrus van Staden (Vanishing Elephant)


Tebogo Malebogo


Jason Prins

EDITING Petrus van Staden
Sound Frank David
Music Elu Eboka, Evan S. Roth


Provincetown International Film Festival, US |2021| *Best Queer Short Film award
Leiden Shorts, Netherlands |2021|*Best International Short
Ciclope Awards, South Africa |2021| *Best Newcomer
Quibdó África Film Festival |2021| *Best Script
Short Film Conference's Short of the Year |2021| *Shortlist



New Directors/New Films | 2021 | Official Competition
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur | 2020 | Official Competition
Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival | 2021 | Official Competition
Tampere | 2021 | Official Competition
Chicago International Film Festival | 2020 | Official Competition

Provincetown International Film Festival, US |2021| *Best Queer Short Film award
Ciclope Awards, South Africa |2021| *BEST NEWCOMER
Leiden Shorts, Netherlands |2021| *Best International Short
Quibdó África Film Festival, Colombia |2021| *Best script
Reykjavík International Film Festival, Iceland |2020|
Hamptons International Film Festival, US |2020|
Flickerfest, Australia |2020|
Glasgow Short Film Festival, UK |2021|
Recontres Paris / Berlin, France |2021|
BlackStar Film Festival, US |2021|
Frameline, US |2021|
La Fête du Slip, Switzerland |2021|
IndieCork, Ireland |2021|
Palm Springs Shortfest, US |2021|
Dresden International Shortfest, Germany |2021
Durban Film Festival, South Africa |2021|
Wicked Queer : The Boston LGBT Film Festival, US |2021|
Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway |2021|
Short Waves Festival, Poland |2021|
Odense Film Festival, Danemark |2021|
Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden |2021|
Pink Apple LGBT Film Festival, Switzerland |2021|
Sao Paulo int. Short Film Festival, Brazil |2021|
Festival international du court métrage de Lille, France |2021|
Gaze International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Ireland |2021|
New Directors/New Films, US |2021|
Drunken Film Fest, US |2021|
Loudoun Arts Film Festival, US |2021|
Queer Lisboa / Porto, Portugal |2021|
Oslo Fusion, Norway |2021
Thess Int. Short Film Festival, Greece |2021|
Africa In Motion, Scotland |2021
Damn These Heels Film Festival, US |2021|
Aesthetica Film Festival, UK |2021
Galway ilm Fleadh, Ireland |2021|
QUEERSICHT Filmfestival, Switzerland |2021|
DC Short Film Festival, US |2021|
MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Denmark |2021|
Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland |2021|
Cinema on the Bayou, US |2022|
Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, US |2021|
San Giò Verona Video Festival, Italy |2021|
Dayton LGBT Film Festival, US |2021|
Way OUT West Film Fest, US |2021|
Seattle Queer Film Festival, US |2021|
CINEMANCIA, Colombia |2021|
Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway |2021|
Queer Borders Film Festival, Scotland |2021|
Cinema Queer Sweden |2021|
shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival, Online |2021|
Afrikana Independent Film Festival in Richmond, US |2021|
CinemAfrica (via cinema Queer Sweden), Sweden |2022|
"By Any Means" Screening: MOMA, US |2021|
Outfest Fusion, US |2021|
NBO Film Festival, Kenya |2021|
Cineclube Mocambo, Brazil |2021|
XPOSED Queer Film, Germany |2022|
KASHISH Mumbaï Int. Queer Film Festival, India |2022|
PinX, Belgium |2022|
On The Pulse (Via Cinemagic Belfast), Ireland |2022|
LGBTQIA+ Thinking Film Screening, US |2022|
Movies That Matters, Netherlands |2022|
Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus (shape_SHIFT screening), US |2022|
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Canada |2021|
Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Canada |2021|
Imagine + Nation, Canada |2021|
Court Queer Shorts, Canada |2021|
Cape Breton Centre for Immigration, Canada |2021|
Nickel Independent Film Festival (short film of the week screening), Canada |2022|
Vimeo Staff Pick, online|2022|
Lagos Pride Film Fest, Africa |2022|
Drunken Film Fest Oakland, USA |2022|
Positively Different Short Film Festival, Greece|2023|
Ouaga Coté Court, Burkina Faso |2022|
Philly Palestine Coalition, USA |2022|
Black Film Festival, Switzerland |2023|
Queer People of Colour Film Festival, Ireland |2023|
Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Canada |2022|