Brimming with sex and violence, The Wound is an exploration of tradition and sexuality set amid South Africa’s Xhosa culture. Every year, Xhosa young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual. Xolani, a quiet and sensitive factory worker (played by openly gay musician Nakhane Touré), is assigned to guide Kwanda, a city boy from Johannesburg sent by his father to be toughened up, through this rite of passage into manhood. As Kwanda defiantly negotiates his queer identity within this masculine environment, he quickly recognizes the nature of Xolani’s relationship with fellow guide Vija. The three men commence a dangerous dance with each other and their own desires and, soon, the threat of exposure elevates the tension to breaking point.
Mar 27: Intro by curator Fegor Obuwoma
In an examination of the forced rigidity of masculinity in society, we follow several boys accompanied by men from their community through a fading practice of initiation into manhood. Inxeba considers queer modes of survival hidden between the roles of conformity and rebellion. Presenting the interrelations between queerness, land, the importance of tradition, belonging, and love, Inxeba is a portrait of existing for another and finding meaning there, even when called to sacrifice all.
Fegor Obuwoma, …to glimpse: African Cinema Now! Curator
A stunning debut from South African filmmaker John Trengove.
Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader
The film surges. Then it simmers. [It] may not please everyone, but it certainly leaves you shaking.
Donald Clarke, Irish Times
Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza Jay Ncoyini, Thobani Mseleni
In Xhosa with English subtitles
Wednesday March 27
This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection
In this, the first of a new monthly series, ...to glimpse: African Cinema Now!, Mantoa, an 80-year-old woman who has lived her entire life in a small Lesotho village, is forced to venture out into the world and fight for what is right.
Using magical realism to paint a portrait of "undesirables" and "sorcerers" in the Congo, Augure (Omen) delves into the intricacies of identity, culture, and belief systems through a deeply rich and visually captivating lens.
When Morning Comes
Nine-year-old Jamal (a radiant Djamari Roberts) is getting bullied at school and his mum -- a widow -- decides she needs to get him out of Jamaica and educated in Canada, with his grandmother. Only one problem: Jamal is not on board.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Live Action
This year's nominees for Best Live Action Short Films include a mini-masterpiece from Wes Anderson and French Canadian entry, Invincible.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Animation
The best animated shorts of the year, according to the Academy... films from Iran, Israel, France and the USA. This program will also feature a handful of "best runners-up".