The Wound ★★★★

No-frills camerawork and sparse, ambient sound design add to the air of insularity endured by Xolani. Forced to hide from the conservatism of his peers, his assignations with Bongile Mantsai’s Vija seem a well-kept secret until the arrival of Niza Jay Ncoyini’s city-boy Kwanda. Seeing through their act, Kwanda comes under Xolani’s care as he sets upon the path to manhood, all the while posing a threat to the security of all three men. Within this unassuming technical framework it falls upon the actors to carry the film.

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