Inxeba wins South Africa film award despite ban attempt

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Inxeba (The Wound) has won six awards at the South African Film and Television Awards, including Best Film, despite an ongoing campaign to have it banned from cinemas.

Traditional leaders were furious at the film’s portrayal of gay love against a backdrop of a rite of passage ceremony for young men from the Xhosa ethnic group.

Inxeba (The Wound) is a 2017 South African drama film directed by John Trengove. It was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the Panorama section of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

The film opened the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2017. It was selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.

The story tracks a closeted relationship between two men in the context of the Xhosa initiation ritual of Ulwaluko.

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