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Lonely, young factory worker Xolani travels to a remote mountain camp to tend teenage boys going through a traditional Xhola rite of passage. This year, Xolani is assigned to mentor Kwanda, a coddled Joburg boy who challenges the customs of the camp and is ostracized from other initiates. Kwanda, observant as he is insolent, quickly notices the attraction between Xolani and his fellow caregiver, volatile Vija. Xolani must choose between his passionate love for his childhood friend and heeding Kwanda’s exhortations to abandon his oppressive life and face an uncertain future.

In his first feature, director/co-writer John Trengove provides an unexpected glimpse into a secretive male-only cultural ritual fighting for relevance in an increasingly westernized world and orchestrates a complex, dynamic examination of sexuality, masculinity, and the clash between traditional and contemporary African values. Set “outside of society” in the Eastern Cape, The Wound’s exploration of the panic when one’s very identity is threatened makes for a universal and potent movie, as its protagonists grapple with conflicting conceptions of how to be a man.

YEAR 2016

SECTION World Drama

COUNTRY South Africa/Germany/Netherlands/France

RUN TIME 88 min

LANGUAGE Xhosa

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Urucu Media

WEBSITE http://urucumedia.com

EMAIL er@urucumedia.com

PHONE +27 718445435

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Artist Bio

John Trengove

John Trengove is a Johannesburg-based writer/director and NYU alumni. His career spans film, fringe theatre, television, commercials, and experimental video. In 2010, his acclaimed miniseries Hopeville received the Rose d'Or for best drama and was nominated for an International Emmy Award. His short The Goat screened at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. His first feature, The Wound, will premiere in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.