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The Wound

  • Argenta Community Theater 405 Main Street North Little Rock, AR, 72114 United States (map)

The Wound

Directed by John Trengove
2017 | South Africa | 88 mins
In Xhosa, Afrikaans, and English with English subtitles
Narratives
Arkansas Premiere

A potent drama of sexual identity and divided loyalty.
— A.O. Scott, NEW YORK TIMES

WINNER: GRAND JURY PRIZE (International Narrative), Outfest; BEST FIRST FEATURE, Frameline

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Berlin International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films (NYC)

In John Trengove’s thrilling debut, the openly gay South African singer Nakhane Touré gives a remarkable performance as Xolani, a youth leader in an annual circumcision rite.  Between afternoon trysts with his closeted lover, Xolani promotes his culture’s conservative idea of manhood.  But his complacency is shaken when a wealthy teenager dares to question the age-old ritual, pushing him to reject tradition and follow his heart.  ~ Mark Thiedeman

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