Sunday, June 18, 7:00 p.m., Castro Theatre: West Coast première
|The Wound (Inxeba)|
The deep-seated homophobia in what we see of Xhosa society is clear, but I don’t know how much of that homophobia is rooted in millennia of Xhosa culture and how much of it is the residue of more recent centuries of cultural colonization: for instance, even while engaging in this Xhosa rite, Vija still wears an unmistakably Christian gold cross pendant. What is clear, though, is that Xolani is an outsider against the macho backdrop of this ceremony, trying very hard not to be an outcast. Although the details of Xhosa culture will be unfamiliar (and in places unsettling) to most Western audiences, the tension between Xolani and Vija transcends those confines. Highly recommended.
Note: the letter ‘X’ in Xhosa represents a “click” sound not found in European languages.
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