Fury over cir­cum­ci­sion film

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SIYAVUYA MZANTSI

DI­REC­TORS of a lo­cal film, The Wound, have come un­der fire from tra­di­tional lead­ers who have la­belled the pro­duc­tion dis­re­spect­ful and un­der­min­ing to the Xhosa cul­ture.

The film, de­pict­ing a gay fac­tory worker who trav­els from the city to the Eastern Cape to be cir­cum­cised in a tra­di­tional rite-of-pas­sage cer­e­mony, re­cently pre­miered at the pres­ti­gious Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in the US.

But tra­di­tional lead­ers said they were out­raged by the film’s two-minute trailer as it show­cases the hid­den tra­di­tion of the Xhosa rite of pas­sage into man­hood.

The Embo Ini­ti­a­tion Coun­cil in Langa said they were of­fended by the con­tents of the film and would be rais­ing the is­sue with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

“In our cul­ture we send a boy to the moun­tain to be­come a man be­cause the process is meant to be pri­vate and no one should in­ter­fere with its pri­vacy.

“This is some­thing we re­gret in the strong­est terms. It’s very con­cern­ing that our cul­ture is still be­ing looked down at,” said Embo Ini­ti­a­tion Coun­cil chair­per­son Chisa Katan­gan.

The coun­cil said it had a dis­cus­sion af­ter view­ing the trailer and re­quested its chair­per­son to take up the mat­ter with the Xhosa tra­di­tional house to seek guid­ance and pos­si­bly take the mat­ter to a court of law.

RITES WRONGED? A YouTube clip of the movie The Wound.

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