Die Wunde

A Film by John Tren­go­ve.  In Xho­sa with ger­man sub­tit­les.

Eas­tern Cape, South Afri­ca. A lone­ly fac­to­ry worker, Xola­ni, takes time off his job to assist during an annu­al Xho­sa cir­cumcisi­on initia­ti­on into man­hood. In a remo­te moun­tain camp that is off limits to women, young men, pain­ted in white och­re, recup­era­te as they learn the mas­cu­li­ne codes of their cul­tu­re. In this envi­ron­ment of machis­mo and aggres­si­on, Xola­ni cares for a defi­ant initia­te from Johan­nes­burg, Kwan­da, who quick­ly learns Xolani’s best kept secret, that he is in love with ano­t­her man. Having first explo­red male cir­cumcisi­on in his short film Ibhokhwe, South Afri­can direc­tor John Tren­go­ve revi­sits this topic and other ritu­als of mas­cu­lini­ty in his first fea­ture. The ten­si­on that builds inexor­ab­ly throughout the film deri­ves on the one hand from the young Kwan­da who increa­singly calls into ques­ti­on the patri­ar­chal codes of the initia­ti­on, as well as the unbe­ara­ble cri­sis buil­ding in Xola­ni as he must choo­se bet­ween the tra­di­tio­nal world that he knows, and his own ful­fill­ment.

Süd­afri­ka / Deutsch­land / Nie­der­lan­de / Frank­reich 2016
Xho­sa mit dt. Unter­ti­teln, 88 Min.
Regie: John Tren­go­ve
Buch: John Tren­go­ve, Than­do Mgqo­loz­ana, Malusi Ben­gu
Kame­ra: Paul Özgür
Schnitt: Mat­thew Swane­poel
Mit: Nak­ha­ne Tou­ré, Bon­gi­le Mant­sai, Niza Jay Ncoyini

Die Wun­de – Trai­ler für die offi­zi­el­le Web­site from Salz­ge­ber & Co. Medi­en GmbH on Vimeo.