Cert: 15 – Contains strong sex, language, drug misuse.
John Trengove / South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France 2017 / 1h28m / Digital / Xhosa, Afrikaans and English with English subtitles
Cast: Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay, Thobani Mseleni, Gabriel Mini.
An exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture, 'The Wound' has courted controversy for its revealing insight into the 'ulwaluko' initiation ritual. Every year, the tribe’s young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in thisl. Xolani, a quiet and sensitive factory worker (Nakhane Touré), is assigned to guide Kwanda, a city boy from Johannesburg sent by his father to be toughened up, through this rite of passage into manhood. As Kwanda defiantly negotiates his queer identity within this masculine environment, he quickly recognises the nature of Xolani’s relationship with fellow guide Vija (Bongile Mantsai). The three men commence a dangerous dance with each other and their own desires and, soon, the threat of exposure elevates the tension to breaking point.