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The Wound (2017)

Inxeba (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 19 April 2017 (France)
Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.

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John Trengove

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nakhane Touré ... Xolani
Bongile Mantsai Bongile Mantsai ... Vija
Niza Jay Niza Jay ... Kwanda (as Niza Jay Ncoyini)
Thobani Mseleni Thobani Mseleni ... Babalo
Gabriel Mini Gabriel Mini ... Khwalo
Zwelakhe Mtsaka Zwelakhe Mtsaka ... Elder 1
Menzeleli Majola Menzeleli Majola ... Elder 2
Gamelihle Bovana Gamelihle Bovana ... Sicelo (as Gamelihle 'Game' Bovana)
Halalisani Bradley Cebekhulu Halalisani Bradley Cebekhulu ... Lukas
Inga Qwede Inga Qwede ... Ncedo
Sibabalwe Ngqayana Sibabalwe Ngqayana ... Zuko
Siphosethu Ngcetane Siphosethu Ngcetane ... Nkosi
Luyanda L. Vonqo Luyanda L. Vonqo ... Dompas
Thando Mhlontlo Thando Mhlontlo ... Ninja
Anga Ntsepe Anga Ntsepe ... Lesego
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Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community 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.

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Drama | Romance

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Language:

Xhosa | Afrikaans | English

Release Date:

19 April 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$30,678

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,043
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Wound deals with the traditional Xhosa initiation into manhood. All actors cast were first language Xhosa speakers with direct experience of the initiation. See more »

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How Bad is Bad
5 April 2018 | by pietclausenSee all my reviews

Living in South Africa, where this film was shot and after release in local cinemas, banned on demand from a certain section of the public, then rerated to xx18 on appeal, still meant it couldn't be shown in general cinemas. After the matter was taken to court it was rated x18 and approved for viewing in cinemas again.

This obviously created a lot of publicity and because the movie dealt with initiation and circumcision, a custom among the indigenous population in secret camps, little was known about this practice. I went to see it for this reason.

What a disappointment! A poor production, bad acting with nothing of substance. No wonder this movie got nowhere at overseas film festivals where it was first shown. Perhaps it was meant to be an art film, but that theme failed as well.

Go and see it at your own peril and decide for yourself.


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