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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Wound


2017, John Trengove, South Africa, 88 min. With Nakhane Touré, Niza Jay.

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 16th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Feb 17th 7:45pm
  • Mon, Feb 19th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 21st 6:00pm
  • Thu, Feb 22nd 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

“A terse ethnographic thriller…nuanced and deeply probing.” — David Ehrlich, Indiewire

“As emotionally and dramatically compelling as any American indie to come out this year. Seek it out on the big screen.” — Eli Fine, The Playlist

Short-listed for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this powerful first feature from South Africa uses a traditional manhood ritual as the stage for a complex personal drama and a probing critique of cultural perceptions of masculinity. Young men of the Xhosa ethnic group are subjected to a initiation rite that involves circumcision and a wilderness retreat under the supervision of older caregivers. One of the caregivers, Xolani, uses the yearly ritual as a cover for his closeted (and, in his homophobic culture, potentially dangerous) relationship with the macho family man Vila. The wild card in this ongoing arrangement is Xolani’s new initiate Kwala: rich, urban, sophisticated, comfortably gay, and openly critical of the whole procedure and its linking of manhood with heteronormativity. He quickly figures out Xolani and Vila’s relationship, endangering their secret and, unwittingly, his own safety. In Xhosa, Afrikaans, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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