David Ehrlich

Critic

USA

David is the Senior Film Critic at IndieWire

Inxeba (The Wound)

Date: 14 Jul 2017 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
The cut only only takes a fraction of a second, but the trauma it leaves behind takes a lifetime to heal. It happens every winter, as teenage boys of South Africa’s Xhosa culture are spirited up to the hills around their hometowns, stripped down and smothered in ghostly white paint, and told to spread their legs. Their foreskins are then sliced away by tribal surgeons, many of whom use rusted knives rather than sterile medical equipment. All th ...