Inexba (The Wound) is about Xolani, a lonely factory worker who travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.

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  1. Positive: 28 Out of 31
  1. Mixed: 3 Out of 31
  1. Negative: 0 Out of 31
Critical Consensus: Generally favorable.

The Courier

07 May 2018
"Beautifully sad and terrifying, The Wound is an exceptional film that explores increasingly popular themes..." ...

From the Front Row

16 Feb 2018
"The titular wound is more than just a scar on the penis, but something much deeper in the soul. It's a fascinating world through which to examine the deep fragility of masculinity, and it does so with great emotional economy thanks to a strong centr ...


09 Feb 2018
"It’s a remarkable film in the way it combines a story of personal relationships with an almost anthropological study of a traditional rite. There is both a celebration of the tradition as well as a questioning of its relevance." ...

22 Jan 2018
"The film portrays forbidden love and broken lives so well and how dangerous and tragic it is to be different in an extremely traditional society. The direction from John Trongove is very good and although the film is not too cinematic, it is well sh ...

06 Oct 2017
"Ultimately, the film's hesitance to overtly critique the relevance and safety of this sacred practice prevents this very fine film from having an even greater impact. Indeed, it feels like a missed opportunity..." ...

Screen Anarchy

21 Sep 2017
"The Wound stands as a masterpiece of modern South African filmmaking, and an essential contribution to the social struggle for life and love for all." ...

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Release Date(s):

January 22, 2017 (Sundance Film Festival, USA)
February 9, 2017 (Berlin International Film Festival, Germany)
March 8, 2017 (Lyon Écrans Mixtes Festival, France)
March 25, 2017 (New Directors/New Films, USA)
April 6, 2017 (Sarasota Film Festival, USA)
April 19, 2017 (France)
April 21, 2017 (MOOOV Filmfestival, Belgium)
April 29, 2017 (Netia Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, Poland)
May 18, 2017 (French speaking region) (Festival de Cinéma des 5 Continents, Switzerland)
June 9, 2017 (Sydney Film Festival, Australia)
June 15, 2017 (Provincetown International Film Festival, USA)
June 18, 2017 (Torino Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Italy)
June 18, 2017 (Frameline Film Festival, USA)
June 23, 2017 (Cinema Jove International Film Festival, Spain)
July 2, 2017 (Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan)
July 8, 2017 (Outfest Los Angeles, USA)
July 14, 2017 (Durban International Film Festival, South Africa)
August 8, 2017 (Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia)
August 16, 2017 (New York City, New York, USA)


Marie Dubas, Michael Eckelt, Olaf Grunert, Bianca Isaac, Björn Koll, Eric Lagesse, Trent, Claudia Tronnier, Batana Vundla


Paul Ozgur


Malusi Bengu, Thando Mgqolozana, John Trengove


Matthew Swanepoel

Production Designer:

Bobby Cardoso, Solly Sithole


Matthew James


João Orecchia

Original Score:

João Orecchia

Production Company:

Riva Filmproduktion, Das Kleine Fernsehspiel (ZDF), ZDF/Arte, OAK Motion Pictures, Cool Take Pictures, Deuxieme Ligne Films, Sampek Productions, Edition Salzgeber, Figjam Entertainment, Urucu Media


Pyramide Distribution (theatrical), Kino Lorber (all media)


Xhosa, Afrikaan, English


88 minutes

English Subtitles Supervisor:

Tessa Jubber

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