The controversial Xhosa initiation film Inxeba (The Wound) starring Nakhane is South Africa’s entry for next year’s 90th Academy Awards in the category of best foreign language film. The selection committee organised by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) chose the film amongst six other contenders.
Many analysts believe South Africa has a viable shot at being nominated this year. South Africa won the foreign-language Oscar in 2006 with Gavin Hood’s Tsotsi. In 2004, Darrell Roodt’s Yesterday was nominated and, in 2010, Oliver Schmitz’s Love, Above All made the short list. Now all eyes are on Inxeba.