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Preview: The Wound


A bold exploration of sexuality, masculinity and cultural values in modern-day South Africa.

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South Africa 2016
Dir John Trengove
With Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay
Some English subtitles
Certificate 15
Courtesy of Peccadillo Pictures

The teenage boys of a Xhosa community in South Africa are initiated into manhood through an annual circumcision ritual. This ordeal is followed by two weeks healing, with each initiate assigned an elder to teach the culture’s codes of masculinity. Xolani is tasked with caring for Kwanda, a petulant adolescent, who notices that Xolani has feelings for a fellow elder. Trengove’s film is a visually breathtaking meditation on the wounds that exist on the surface, and those deeper scars that never heal.

Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)

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