Inxeba, (The Wound) Film photo: Instagram

The Wound, Inxeba in IsiXhosa is one of the best local dramas that talks about one of the South African traditional practice, a Xhosa initiation ritual.

Despite receiving harsh comments from many in the Xhosa community for depicting the traditional ritual of ukwaluka. The film was premiered at the Sundance film festival, and won best feature at Frameline, Sarasota, Valencia and Taipei Film Festivals. 

The film opened the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2017. It was selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards,making the December shortlist and it will also be showing at the Durban International Film Festival.

South Africa is known as a rainbow nation, because of its different race, languages, cultures and traditional practices.  Inxeba Film can been see as a way of showing the world the South African traditions and the country’s ability to accept all relationship dynamics, since the film focus more on showing the Xhosa tradition into manhood as well as sexual identity in the form of a gay love story. 

Inxiba is a traditional rite of passage is the catalyst for exploring conflicting notions of what it means to be a man in The Wound. The film tells the story of Xolani a gay factory worker who travels to the rural Eastern Cape to oversee the Xhosa initiation process he joins the other men of his community on a journey to the mountains to initiate a group of teenagers into manhood. His entire existence starts to unravel when a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, a forbidden love.






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