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The Wound (Inxeba)

MOVIE INFO

  • Directed By: John Trengove
  • Starring: Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay, Thobani Mseleni, Gamelihle Bovana
  • Running Time: 1:28

In a mountainous corner of the Eastern Cape of South Africa, an age-old Xhosa ritual introducing adolescent boys to manhood continues to this day. This is the backdrop for the stark and stirring first feature by John Trengove, in which Xolani, a quiet and sensitive factory worker (played by musician Nakhane Touré), guides one of the boys, Kwanda, an urban transplant sent against his will from Johannesburg to be toughened up, through this rite of passage. In an environment where machismo rules, Kwanda negotiates his own identity while discovering the secret of Xolani's sexuality. Brimming with fear and violence, The Wound is an exploration of tradition and masculinity.