Film Africa 2017 Opening Gala: The Wound
+ discussion + after party
A bold exploration of sexuality, masculinity and cultural values in modern-day South Africa.
South Africa-Germany-Netherlands-France 2017
Dir John Trengove
English subtitles, Xhosa
East Cape, South Africa. Lonely factory worker Xolani (Nakhane Touré) travels to a mountain camp to assist teenage boys about to undergo the traditional Xhosa circumcision rite of passage into manhood. He is responsible for Kwanda (Niza Jay Ncoyini), a priviledged city boy from Johannesburg, who soon notices an attraction building between Xolani and fellow caregiver, the volatile and hyper-masculine Vija (Bongile Mantsai). Unwilling to conform to the age-old values espoused by the camp, Kwanda’s intuition combine with his rebelliousness to push Xolani into an unbearable existential crisis. Following his acclaimed short The Goat, John Trengove’s powerful feature debut delves deeper into the ritual of Xhosa male circumcision, resulting in a bold exploration of sexuality, masculinity and the clash between traditional and contemporary values in modern-day South Africa.
Entry to the after party is included in the ticket price.