The Wound (Inxeba)

The Wound (Inxeba)

 

October 29, 2017, 1:00 PM

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Main Street Landing Black Box
60 Lake Street, 3rd floor
Burlington

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Film Festival

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Fiction

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The Wound (Inxeba)
Directed by John Trengove
South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France | 2017 | Fiction | 88 min | Xhoas/Afrikaans/English w/English subtitles
Film Source: Kino Lorber
Awards and major festivals: Berlin, Sundance

Also showing Sunday, October 22 at 12:45PM

Using a coming-of-age ritual as its setting (a Xhosa rite involving circumcision and an 8 day fast), the film examines ideas of masculinity and queer identity – simultaneously depicting two aspects of South African culture rarely seen on screen. After the circumcision in the wilderness, during the time the wound takes to heal the boys are sequestered from society until their manhood is thus proven. Inevitably, personal and sexual insecurities come violently to the surface. The film has proven controversial in South Africa, and its creators released a statement revealing that cast members were  threatened because of their roles on the project, including threats to burn lead actor Nakhane Touré alive. Although ostensibly about remote, minority practices, the film speaks universally about how once-traditional notions of masculinity can grow increasingly toxic in the hands of those who cling to outmoded ways rather than accept that things have changed.

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