The Wound (South Africa: 2017)


John Trengove

Cast list

Nakhane Touré ... Xolani
Bongile Mantsai ... Vija
Niza Jay ... Kwanda (as Niza Jay Ncoyini)
Thobani Mseleni ... Babalo
Gamelihle Bovana ... Initiate
Halalisani Bradley Cebekhulu ... Initiate
Inga Qwede ... Initiate
Sibabalwe Ngqayana ... Initiate
Siphosethu Ngcetane ... Initiate


Writing by
Malusi Bengu
Thando Mgqolozana
John Trengove

Cinematography by Paul Ozgur

Film Editing by Matthew Swanepoel


Factory worker Xolani travels to a rural part of South Africa to initiate young boys in the coming of age ritual called ukwaluka. However, he is really hoping to reconnect with a childhood friend.


Lodge, Guy. "Sundance Film Review: 'The Wound.' Variety, January 2017.

Erlich, David. "Adult Circumcision Drama Cuts the Tension Between Masculinity and Modernity." IndieWire, August 2017.

Linden, Sherry. "The Wound: Film Review | Sundance 2017," Hollywood Reporter. January 2017.

Watson, Keith. "The Wound." Slant Magazine, March 2017.

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