The Cinema Diverse Series is a popular event in Thailand. Through it, directors pick films that they would like to see and then talk about with a devoted cineophile audience. It was recently announced that they'll show next the South African movie The Wound.
We’ve covered many stories concerning The Inxeba or The Wound due to the large controversy surrounding the film in its home country of South Africa.
The film centers around the coming-of-age ritual of the amaXhosa tribe, the second largest ethnic group in South Africa. Specifically, the film focuses on a man who guides the young men of the tribe during the ritual process. It just so happens that the main character is also gay and in the middle of a gay relationship that also gets spotlighted in the film.
The Wound was ultimately picked by director and writer Anucha Boonyawatana who’s mostly known for the work Malila of The Farewell Flower. Her film was well received and won the Kim Jiseok Award at Busan International Film Festival in 2017. In addition, her work for the movie earned Anucha a nomination for Best New Director at the 12th Asian Film Awards this year.
“It’s an African gay film that focuses on rural life and culture which speaks to me. There are several components in the film that I find intriguing and some of them can be seen in Malila as well,” said Anucha to Nation Multimedia.
Despite its major controversy, The Wound has also done well for itself abroad and was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film award in the most recent Academy Awards.
After the film’s screening, Anucha Bonyawatana will talk about The Wound and then facilitate a Q&A about the movie, her writing, and her directing styles.
If you are interested in buying tickets for this event, you can find more information here.