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The Wound

Xolani joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

Please note that this film is in Xhosa, Afrikaans and English, with Dutch subtitles.
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Eastern Cape, South Africa. A lonely factory worker, Xolani, takes time off his job to assist during an annual Xhosa circumcision initiation into manhood. In a remote mountain camp that is off limits to women, young men, painted in white ochre, recuperate as they learn the masculine codes of their culture. In this environment of machismo and aggression, Xolani cares for a defiant initiate from Johannesburg, Kwanda, who quickly learns Xolani’s best kept secret, that he is in love with another man.

The tension that builds inexorably throughout the film derives on the one hand from the young Kwanda who increasingly calls into question the patriarchal codes of the initiation, as well as the unbearable crisis building in Xolani as he must choose between the traditional world that he knows, and his own fulfilment.

John Trengove, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, 2017, 88 min. Xhosa, Afrikaans & English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay, Thobani Mseleni, Gabriel Mini.
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