Inxeba: The Wound
Singer and actor Nakhane Touré headlines director John Trengove’s controversial movie about Ulwaluko
This local film tells the story of Xolani, a closeted gay factory worker in Queenstown who works as a caregiver for initiates and enters into a relationship with another caregiver. It’s been eagerlyanticipated and arrives in cinemas for one week only amid acclaim and controversy.
The filmmakers have come under fire from amaXhosa king Zwelonke Sigcawu, who has said it’s insulting to the tradition of Ulwaluko, something the filmmakers have denied.
Inxeba co-producer Batana Vundla told Channel24 the role of traditional circumcision had been strengthened by the movie, rather than diminished.
“There are a number of genuinely concerned Xhosa South Africans who are perturbed at the thought that the secret tradition of Ulwaluko has been cast open for the whole world to see.
“Rest assured, that has not happened. If anything, through the constructive dialogue brought about by the film, initiation as a traditional practice has been strengthened by Inxeba. No secrets were revealed,” he says.
The movie was screened at international festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival and Spain’s Valencia International Film Festival. It will get a wide release in SA in February next year.
Inxeba: The Wound is in local cinemas for one week only this month to qualify for entry in the 2018 Oscars.