The Wound has gained a strong reputation and plenty of awards on the film festival circuit, including winning the Grand Jury Award at Outfest. However, it’s also raised a little controversy, with the King of the amaXhosa people questioning whether it reveals too much that about their male coming-of-age rituals, which their culture believes should be kept secret.
The movie follows Xolani, a lonely factory worker, who travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel as he tries to better understand his own sexuality.
Peccadillo Pictures will release the film in the UK early next year. Take a look at the trailer below.