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12' min.
Year of Production:
South Africa
Thando Mhlontlo
Nkosipendule Cengani
Hlangi Vundla
Mbasa Tsetsana
Production Company:
Urucu Media
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Short Film

Ukwaluka is an ancient circumcision ritual for young men still widely practiced by the Xhosa in South Africa. It marks the transition from youth to manhood. A boy who has just undergone circumcision sits in semi-darkness in a simple hut on a hill, far away from the village, as prescribed by the initiation ritual. He is covered from head to toe with a paint made from clay which makes him look as white as a goat. This should be a period of healing, but he is cold and in pain. His grandfather, who is supposed to induct him into his new life, has not yet appeared. According to the belief system of the Xhosa, Ukwaluka also purges the boy from homosexual desires, for which there is no place in the world of adults.

BIOGRAFIE 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.

FILMOGRAFIE John Trengove (selection)

2016 The Wound  2013 iBhokhwe  2013 Muscle Jew  2011 Shuga  2010 Disco 3000  2010 Intersexions  2009 Hopeville  2008 The Lab  2006 Bay of Plenty  2005 Hard Copy  2004 Say Hi to Bangkok  2003 Breakfast  2003 Leather Family  2002 Long Distance Love  2000 I'll Take You by Force on the Living Room Rug 

John Trengove @IMDb
iBhokhwe @IMDb
Interview with John Trengova & Batana Vundla on 'iBhokhwe'

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