John Trengove 2017 South African drama film debut “The Wound” (“Inxeba”), is South Africa’s submission for the foreign language Oscar race.

The South African movie which was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Panorama section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival was recently announced as the country’s selection for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards.

The announcement hardly comes with any surprises, as the much appraised movie tells an unusual tale of sexuality, masculinity and cultural identity set against the backdrop of the traditional Xhosa initiation ceremony. It explores the journey of young teenagers into manhood in the Xhosa initiation, while unravelling the concept of hypocrisy and same sex desire.

Selected by the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF), the selection committee are well convinced that it is masterpiece that employs the appropriate scripting, directing and performances.

Co-written by Trengove, Thando  Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu, the story is a wide exploration of the taboo world of Xhosa initiation rites, which might seem off limits for outsiders.

Trengove does not fail to let us in on the difficulty of telling a story about same-sex desire in such a sacred traditional context and he hopes that the film’s Oscar submission “would encourage other local filmmakers to take bigger risks and express something of our uniquely South African experience.”

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