Fri 27 Oct | 18:20 | BFI Southbank   BOOK NOW

Dir. John Trengove
South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France. 2017. 88 mins. Drama. Xhosa with English subtitles.

Eastern Cape, South Africa. Lonely factory worker Xolani (Nakhane Touré) travels to a mountain camp to assist teenage boys undergoing the traditional Xhosa circumcision rite of passage into manhood. Xolani is assigned to care for Kwanda (Niza Jay Ncoyini), a privileged queer city boy from Joburg who quickly notices the attraction between Xolani and fellow caregiver, volatile Vija (Bongile Mantsai). Kwanda becomes a sore point of disruption to Xolani and Vija’s well-kept secret, as well as to the age-old customs of the camp, which he defiantly challenges. Tension builds as the young Kwanda increasingly calls into question the traditional codes of the initiation and pushes Xolani to face an unbearable identity crisis. Following his short film The Goat, director John Trengove delves deeper into the ritual of Xhosa male circumcision with his debut feature, rendering a bold exploration of sexuality, masculinity and the clash between traditional and contemporary South African values.

We will be joined by the award-winning lead actor and musician Nakhane Touré for an audience Q&A and discussion and the screening will be followed by our Film Africa 2017 Opening Party with DJ Adam Tiran (bio below). Entry to the party is included in the ticket price. Nakhane will also perform live at Rich Mix on Sunday 29 October. Book tickets for the gig here. 


John Trengove

Born in 1978, he lives in Johannesburg in South Africa. After studying at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, he directed television, documentaries and commercials. His miniseries Hopeville won numerous awards at international festivals. He also works as a theatre director and his stage play ‘The Epicene Butcher’ won the Amsterdam Fringe Festival award for best international production. His short film iBhokhwe (The Goat) screened in the Berlinale’s Generation section and at over 20 other festivals. The Wound is his feature film debut.



Adam Tiran is part of a new wave of intrepid DJs and record collectors searching out deadly rhythms from far-flung corners of the globe. As founder and editor of magazine, radio show and DJ collective Urban Essence, Adam has helped establish one of the UK’s vital voices of the underground, and co-hosts their monthly show exploring outer national electronic soul on Hoxton FM. Through his work with Africori, one of Africa’s leading digital music companies, Adam has been able to access the continent’s foremost artists and labels amassing an eclectic collection and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of contemporary African music. Adam will be delving into the sounds of South Africa by night and has produced a little teaser mix for a taste, featuring Black Motion, Bhizer and V.O!