Movie Review

'Inxeba: The Wound' asks piercing questions about what makes men men

The reaction to John Trengove’s film about the Xhosa tradition of Ukwaluka has slyly changed from indignation to admiration

04 February 2018 - 00:00 By tymon smith

In recent years the politically correct and culturally sensitive have been quick to pounce on ideas they don't like the sound of before they've seen the actual product of those ideas.
Thus it was that the first, angry and outraged reaction to John Trengove's film Inxeba: The Wound began to be published last year on the opinion pages of newspapers by writers who felt that the idea of a film about the age-old Xhosa tradition of Ukwaluka, featuring several homosexual characters and directed by a white man, was an insult to Xhosa culture which could not go unchallenged.
Most of those writers had seen little more than a trailer for the film. Since the film has begun to screen both here and internationally, the reaction to it has slyly changed from indignation to admiration for its acting and underplayed, layered examination of masculinity...

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