Inspired by the novel A Man Who is Not a Man by Thando Mgqolozana, Inxeba/The Wound is a 2017 South African drama film directed by John Trengove. Following the film’s release in South Africa, cinemas in the Eastern Cape province were forced to cancel screenings due to protests as the story tracks a closeted relationship between two men in the context of the Xhosa initiation ritual of Ulwaluk.
Initially classified as 16LS by South Africa’s Film and Publication Board (FPB), the film was later reclassified as X18 by the FPB’s Appeal Tribunal after complaints by the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa and other cultural and Christian organisations. This was subsequently amended to an ordinary age restriction of 18 but the controversy around the film continues. A panel of respondents will unpack some of the complex points of view regarding the making and screening of the film.