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The Wound

  • Dates: August 16, 2017 - August 29, 2017
  • Location: Film Forum
  • Address: 209 W. Houston Street, New York City, NY 10014
  • Phone: (212) 727-8110
  • Price: $14 non-members, $8 members
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  • DIRECTED BY JOHN TRENGOVE
    “THE WOUND was born out of a desire to push back against clichéd stereotypes of black masculinity, perpetuated inside and outside of African cinema,” says filmmaker John Trengove. A Johannesburg teenager is forced by his uncle (who thinks he’s too “soft”) to return to his native village for a ritual Xhosa circumcision and group initiation into manhood. He’s teased mercilessly for refusing to remove his fancy sneakers, even in the forest, and for his defiant attitude to just about everything that’s required of him. But, as the sexual relationship between two of the men becomes apparent to him, his outsider presence morphs from uncomfortable to dangerous. The film sensitively and dramatically limns an Africa where traditions and values that for centuries defined manhood are on a collision course with the 21st century.
    SOUTH AFRICA / GERMANY/ THE NETHERLANDS / FRANCE • 2016 • 88 MINS.
    IN XHOSA WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • KINO LORBER
    12:30 2:30 4:40 7:00 9:10