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Country: Südafrika, Deutschland, Niederlande, Frankreich

Year of publication: 2017

Format: DCP

Color: color

Language : OF m. dt. UT

Duration: 88 Minuten

Direction: Trengove, John

Actor: Jay, Niza

Guest: Jay, Niza


Eastern Cape, South Africa: as he does every year, factory worker Xolani takes some time off work to help out at the Xhosa people’s annual circumcision ritual that marks their passage into manhood. Young men all convene at a remote mountain camp – women are not allowed entry – to take part in this initiation rite. Painted white, they learn their culture’s traditions surrounding manhood. In this world of machismo and aggression, Xolani acts as a guide to the rebellious Kwanda from Johannesburg. He raises questions over the patriarchal conventions at the initiation and ultimately unmasks Xolani’s best-kept secret...

John Trengove’s feature film INXEBA (THE WOUND) is subject of much discussion in South Africa and it opened the Panorama section of the 2017 Berlinale.