The Boy, the Blade & the Man.

Director: Mayenzeke Baza    Producer: Andy Jones   Dur 75 mins

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This is a modern African tale, taking us to the heart of change in South Africa. A thrilling access driven investigation into the secretive world of ritual circumcision, a teenage rite of passage known in Xhosa as UKWALUKA. From rural homesteads to urban townships the tradition is as dangerous as it is secret. Last year more than 50 boys died from botched operations, hundreds more were permanently disfigured or left infertile. Yet young men still flock to the initiation schools in their thousands, just as director Mayenzeke Baza did, to become a man.

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