The Wound (15)

Drama (2017)
88mins S Africa/Ger/Neth/Fr

Starring: Nakhane Toure, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay
Director: John Trengove
Writer(s): Malusi Bengu, Thando Mgqolozana, John Trengove
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Every year, teenage men from the Xhosa tribe head into the wilderness in the company of mentors to take part in a rite of passage called ukwaluka - a circumcision ceremony that marks their transition from boys to men. Once the wounds have healed, the teenagers return to their families. Disenchanted thirty-something factory worker Xolani is one of the mentors in charge of candidates. He clashes with a boy called Kwanda, who harks from privileged stock in Johannesburg and openly questions the ritual.

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