“Issues of sexuality, generational divide, class and self-loathing are cross-stitched into a compelling patchwork of edgy masculinity”

— Robert Abele, LA Times

The Wound

Film • Nov 20

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The Wound is a compelling and taboo-breaking South African feature taking the international festival circuit by storm. Leading a new wave of African cinema, it is equal parts coming-of-age story, love drama, and intense psychological thriller told from a uniquely African perspective. A bold and unflinching new voice on the international stage and South Africa’s official entry to the 2018 Academy Awards® for best foreign language film.

Xolani (Nakhane Touré), a lonely factory worker, 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.

Directed by John Trengrove.

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2017. South Africa. 88 minutes. Not Rated. In Afrikaans and Xhosa with English subtitles.