Inxeba: The Wound

Singer and ac­tor Nakhane Touré head­lines di­rec­tor John Tren­gove’s con­tro­ver­sial movie about Ul­waluko

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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.

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