INXEBA (THE WOUND) – South Africa’s official entry to the 2018 Academy Awards® for Best Foreign Language Film

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Inxeba (The Wound) is the first ever all-black, all male, LGBTQI film from Africa to compete for the Foreign Language Oscar award. It is a doomed love story between two men, set within the context of the traditional Xhosa rites of passage into manhood. The film explores themes of same-sex desire, hyper- and toxic-masculinity, patriarchy, and tradition, amongst many others. It follows the journey of 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, a closetted love affair, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

Inxeba (The Wound) was written by two Xhosa writers (Thando Mgqolozana and Malusi Bengu), alongside the director (John Trengove). The cast consisted of a mix of Xhosa actors and non-actors, all of whom have been through the initiation themselves, and who all collaborated on both the script and the depiction of everything seen in the film.

The film had its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and has travelled to more than 40 festivals since, winning 19 awards to date. Inxeba (The Wound) has also been sold in over 30 countries worldwide. It is South Africa’s official entry for the 90th Academy Awards and recently made the shortlist of 9 films out of a record entry of 92 foreign films this year.  The last time a South African film made it this far was in 2010 (Oliver Schmitz’s Life Above All). The 5 nominations were announced on January 23rd and the Oscars take place on March 4th. Unfortunately, the film did not get nominated for the Oscar, but that does not minimise its incredible success so far.

Official movie poster for the film.

Inxeba (The Wound) stars South African musician Nakhane, acclaimed theatre actor Bongile Mantsai and new-comer Niza Jay Ncoyini and will be released in South African cinemas (listed below) on Friday, 2nd February 2018.

Cape Town:

-Ster Kinekor V&A Nouveau

-Ster Kinekor Cavendish

-NuMetro Canal Walk

-The Labia Theatre


-Ster Kinekor Rosebank Mall Nouveau

-Ster Kinekor Eastgate (JHB East)

-The Bioscope (JHB Central)



-Ster Kinekor Musgrave (Durban Central)


-Ster Kinekor Mall of the North


-Ster Kinekor Mall of Africa


-Ster Kinekor Maponya Mall


-Ster Kinekor Sterland (PTA Central)

-Ster Kinekor Brooklyn Nouveau

-NuMetro Menlyn Park

Port Elizabeth:

-NuMetro Walmer Park

-Ster Kinekor Bay West


The film’s international trailer can be found here:


Keep up to date on all Inxeba (The Wound)’s social media here:

Instagram: inxeba_the_wound

Twitter: TheWound_SAFilm

Facebook: thewoundthefilm (The Wound)


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