Leading a new wave of African Cinema, Inxeba tells a tale of a unique South African story from a uniquely African perspective. At its core, Inxeba tells an inter-sectional story about three Xhosa men during a period of the male Xhosa initiation.

Two of the men (Xolani and Vija) are caregivers who have a secret sexual relationship that they only engage in during this period every year. Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

Cast: Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai, Niza jay Ncoyini, Thobani Mseleni, Gameligle Bovana, Halalisani Bradley Cebekhulu, Inga Qwede, Sibabalwe Ngqayana, Siphosethu Ngcetane


Directed by John Trengrove, it is said to be a love drama cross intense psychological thriller. It was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2017 Sun-dance Film Festival and it opened the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival in 2017. It has also been selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language at the 90th Academy Awards.

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