Regissör: John Trengove
John Trengove, born in 1978, is a film maker from South Africa. After studying at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, he directed television, documentaries and commercials. His miniseries Hopeville won numerous awards at international festivals. He also works as a theatre director and his stage play The Epicene Butcher won the Amsterdam Fringe Festival award for best international production. His short film The Goat screened in the Berlinale’s Generation section and at over 20 other festivals. The Wound is his feature film debut.
The Wound was born out of a desire to push back against clichéd
stereotypes of black masculinity perpetuated inside and outside of
African cinema. As a white man, representing marginalized black
realities that are not my own, the situation is of course complicated.
Even highly problematic. It was important to me that the story
mirrors this problem. The character of Kwanda is an outsider to the
traditional world who expresses more or less my own ideas about
human rights and individual freedom. He’s also the problem. His
preconceptions create jeopardy and crisis for others who have
much more to lose than him. This was my way of saying, ‘‘I don’t
have the answers and my own values don’t necessarily apply
here’’. A film such as this cannot hope to provide solutions for the
crisis faced by millions of queer people in the African continent
and around the world, only to present the crisis for what it is, a
deep and ever widening chasm. In writing The Wound, inspiration
came, unexpectedly, from Robert Mugabe. Statements that he and
other African leaders have made since the early 90’s imply that
homosexuality is a symptom of western decadence that threatens
‘‘traditional’’ culture. And so we thought ok, let’s use that idea.
Let’s imagine ‘‘gayness’’ as some kind of virus that penetrates and
threatens a patriarchal organism, and let’s see how that organism
responds to being penetrated.