The Xhosa tribal practice of ukwaluka is the central thread of this raw, compelling drama about male identity in contemporary South Africa.
Factory-worker Xholane (Nakhane Touré) spends part of every year out in the wilds, mentoring young men through an initation rite which involves perfunctory circumcision and then long, slow healing. His young charge is a city boy with no respect for these traditions, and before long the two men develop a dangerous connection. Unflinching and beautifully shot, John Trengove's debut picked up the Sutherland Prize at last year's London Film Festival.
This preview screening is presented in association with CineQ, Birmingham-based purveyors of the finest queer cinema. Throughout the evening in the Mockingbird HUMEAIMART will present art therapy exercise Healing to Please, where you are encouraged to salve your pain through the written word. All contributions will then be gathered into a finished piece by artist kingcoal.
Dir: John Trengove
South Africa 2017, 88 mins