John Trengove; 2017; South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France; 88 min in Xhosa, Afrikaans, and English with English subtitles
An acclaimed Sundance premiere, this award-winning narrative delves into a secret gay love affair amidst the Xhosa tribe’s annual coming-of-age ritual in the remote mountains of Eastern South Africa. Against a backdrop of beautiful yet dangerous peaks, Xolani, one of the elders attending the circumcision ritual, feels the tension between his gentle ways and his culture’s aggressive masculinity ever more intensely as the teenagers take their ceremonial steps into manhood. As the two weeks go by, he struggles to reconcile his desires with his culture’s traditions and looming danger threatens to pull him down.
CONTENT WARNING: IMPLIED VIOLENCE
Co-presented by POCAAN.