The Wound is a South African film directed by John Trengove that explores toxic masculinity and sexual repression.

The multi-award winning film shines a light on an ancient African tribal ritual that young boys go through to become men.

It’s a secretive ritual that gets turned upside down in the film when a defiant gay teenager is brought in for the rites of passage.

The film was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and the Panorama section of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

It has also been selected as South Africa’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Academy Awards.

The dramatic film deals with the repression of one’s sexuality and the dire ramifications this can have, particularly when you’re a gay man in an alpha male dominated culture.

The film is a talking point, and lends itself to much of the ugliness Australians have endured during the same-sex marriage campaign.

The Wound will hit theatres on February 8 2018. For more information visit: www.thewoundmovie.com.

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