first_imgSouth African isiXhosa-language movie Inxeba movingly explores the conflict of traditional rites of manhood, when initiates “go to the mountain”, with awakening pride in gay identity.Inxeba, also known as The Wound, had its African premiere at the 38th Durban International Film Festival in July. It opens in South African theatres in February 2017. (Image: IMDb)Brand South Africa reporterThe team behind the South African film Inxeba – internationally titled The Wound – scooped up local and international awards this year, two from the 38th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).It was announced at the DIFF’s closing ceremony that the best director award went to John Trengrove and the best actor to Nakhane Touré. The festival was held from 13 to 23 July 2017.Inxeba had its African premiere at the festival, screening held at The Playhouse in Durban. It was in competition with Serpent (South Africa), Le Clair Obscur (Turkey), La Belle et la Meute (Tunisia), El Hombre que Cuida (Dominican Republic), Asinamali! (South Africa), Liyana (South Africa), Atanyn Kereezi (Kyrgyzstan) and Basta (Morocco).Inxeba tells the story of Xolani, a factory worker in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. During initiation season he is also a caregiver for young men on the mountain. Xolani is gay, but no-one knows. But during the few weeks of one initiation his orientation is exposed, and drama follows.Watch the trailer:An IOL review of Inxeba highlights the strict rule in Xhosa culture that what happens on the mountain stays on the mountain. “Then add in a gay theme, which is often frowned upon by conservative people, not only in Africa but in the rest of the world, and there is potential for Inxeba to become the Once Were Warriors of Xhosa initiation,” wrote IOL reviewer Theresa Owen.Director John Trengrove said in a press release: “From the very beginning, the process of making Inxeba was characterised by intense collaboration and risk-taking. This film demanded everything from those who came on board.”Trengrove added: “I am so grateful to the incredible cast and crew who put their faith and trust in this journey. This film is a testament to their efforts. I want to dedicate this award to the silent and faceless queers throughout the African continent who face insurmountable obstacles every day in a struggle for identity and dignity.”Other accoladesThe Inxeba premiere outside Africa was at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA.  The film later opened the Panorama section of the 67th Berlin Film Festival.One Sundance review described the movie: “John Trengove’s hard-edged but beautifully wrought study of clashing Xhosa models of masculinity will be an eye-opener to outsiders – and some South Africans too.”Inxeba was a 2014 Durban Film Mart project. This initial pitch enabled the team behind it to get funding from a number of international financiers, resulting in a co-production between South Africa, France, Germany and the Netherlands.Nakhane Touré plays Xolani in the film. The actor is also an indie rock musician and a novelist.“I always think having one dream come true is a miracle, but to have all these things happening at once is frightening,” he told City Press.“I keep thinking the rug is going to be pulled from under my feet. On the other hand, I worked really hard on this.”The film also cleaned up at Spain’s Valencia International Film Festival, winning best film and best actor at the Cinema Jove section. Inxeba also won the best film Award in the International New Talent Competition at the Taipei Film Festival in Taiwan.Other international awards are:Best Feature Film at the 32nd Lovers Film FestivalThe Jury Prize for Best Narrative at the 19th annual Sarasota Film Festival in FloridaWatch an interview with Inxeba film’s Executive Producer Batana Vundla:It is said that Inxeba will continue to travel around the world, having been sold to 19 countries for theatrical release so far. It will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution. Inxeba will open nationwide on 2 February 2018.Sources: Urucu Media, The Huffington Post South Africa, IOL, City Press and Jacaranda FM.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_img Posted on May 1, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Ponytail HoldersTags Popband Effective and pleasant to wear Perfect For My Little Princesses! Wide choice of colours which i really like/ i like to wear matching colour clothes i have on. I have used them before so i knew i liked them. Will continue to use frequently. Not the best bobbles if you like a firm tight hold of the ponytail they are very loose bobbles. As someone with very long (and very fine) hair i’m always looking for better hairbands. I stopped using bands with metal on them years ago because they’re so damaging to your hair and tend to leave you with millions of split ends but i have problems with other bands i’ve tried since then because i have to wind them around my hair so many times to get them tight enough to stay in place. I have to admit i was nervous when i saw these bands, they’re large enough to wear comfortably on your wrist as a bracelet / friendship band so i thought i’d have a similar problem and end up struggling to get these to hold my fine hair in place but i was actually really impressed. I only had to wind them round 3 times and i have a perfectly secure ponytail that stays put all day.(i have to wind bands that are half the size of these 4 or 5 times usually to get them to stay in place). I can’t say i agree with their claim to leave hair kink free at the end of the day but they certainly don’t leave hair looking any worse than any other hairband i’ve tried and since i have to tie them less tightly they definitely do less damage to my hair. They also look pretty and i love the range of colours you can collect so you’ll have something to match every outfitthis particular pack contains 5 bands1 glittery silver1 very pale grey that’s almost a non-shiny silver3 pretty pastel pink bands with silver starsi’ll definitely be buying more of these bands in the future. I think these are pretty ponytail holders but they dont work as well as my usual holders in my fine long hair (longer than waist length). I usually use a large soft ponytail holder and this holds my hair together at the back of my hair, with the pony tail sitting out at a 90 degree angle from my head before hanging down my back. The problem i have with these is that although they hold the ponytail up in the middle of the back of my head the ponytail sags after a short while so it hangs straight down rather than sticks out horizontally then hangs down. My hair doesnt look as nice just hanging straight down. So far they have been easy to remove from my hair (as easy as any other ponytail bands anyway). They dont sit comfortably on my wrist either, they irritate me. Its also quite a lot of money to pay for what is basically a bit of thin bra strap elastic with a knot in it. I’ll stick with my regular holders i think. Brought for my 3 year old who has very fine hair prone to breaking with tight elastic ones. Found these great held all hair up tightly and didn’t leave a kin after all day wear. May have also stole 2 for myself as they were really good. My daughter loves them and says they are much more comfortable to wear than normal hair bands. These are so great for my twin granddaughters’ fine,soft hair. They hold the hair really well and never get snagged or tangled up. They are very pretty;two are sparkly silver and three are pink with silver stars,perfect for my little princesseswhen they are not in their hair,the girls can carry them on their wrists;they make lovely bracelets,toohighly recommended. These dont rip my hair out after having them in all day so comfortable and really nice product. I’m delighted that i received these for review through the vine programme because i don’t think i’d have bought popbands without being able to test them as i would have assumed they wouldn’t be strong enough for my reasonably thick hair. In fact they hold my hair very securely and they don’t snag your hair or feel uncomfortable. I ordered for review both the pink candy set of 5 and the tie dye set of 5. They are elastic and about a centimetre wide with a knot at the end which means it is not a continuous loop unless all other elastic hair bands as far as i am aware. The elastic is high density woven into the fabric; there are no obvious elastic strips and it all feels very uniformly stretchy. I tried wearing these in a pony tail and then pig tails as i wanted to check how they stayed and the no kink promise so the pig tails were a later choice. I found there was some kinking of my hair but it was as a result of its being left in overnight. More importantly i found that the removal was easy and i lost no hairs unlike when i take out my usual elastic hair bands. I tried wearing one on my wrist but it looked stupid with the knoted ends sticking out and i also found these ends annoying when in use as i had to move the band around so they were hidden each time i used them. If the manfacturer could find their way to sew the ends together so a continuous loop i would give these 5 stars. These are great for just throwing your hair up and they really actually don’t leave a dent when you take them off. Recipient was very happy with them. Firstly they come in a range of pretty designs which means you are pretty much guaranteed to find one that will match your outfit and / or personal tastes. The description also says that they don’t damage hair; now i am going to have to take them at their word on that one as it’s difficult to prove conclusively, but they certainly feel more gentle than the more usual hair-tie. They also look less likely to snap than the usual hair ties. Another benefit, although probably only for the younger market, is that they are also designed to be worn as a bracelet meaning that you will always have a hair-tie with you, and, unlike others on the market, they don’t cut off your blood supply while wrapped around your wrist. They hold hair well too – i have long thick hair which needs a fair bit of support and these work very well indeed. The only thing counting against them and the reason why i deducted a star is the price – £8 (at time of writing review) is a little too much for 5 of these. I was asked if i’d like to review popbands candy multi pack, so i said yes. You see i have long, blond and extremely fine hair and i wanted to put the popbands to the test. These are a new style of hair bobble. When they arrive they are in a clear plastic case. The bobbles are on a white card so they show up well and look very eye catching. Also on the card you are given a little bit of information about them. You can also wear these on your wrist like a friendship band. This pack of hair bobbles include one of each of the following colour: – pink with silver star print – silver glitter – pink with silver star print – grey glitter – pink with silver star print. In all you get a total of five. Ok, onto the bobble, (or popband as the company calls them). Ordered not for personal use on behalf of another family member, it was unclear at the point of ordering just how ‘popband ponytail holders, tie dye’ could function. The intended user was no better informed until she handled them when all became clear. Had the description included ‘elasticated fabric’ or similar, the issue would not then exist. They are to be used identically to elastic bands but are softer to the touch and much kinder to the hair. They are smaller than was anticipated but of more than adequate length and made from tie-dyed fabric, this set in muted and neutral colours so less likely to clash with brightly-coloured clothing. For contrast, there are other sets offered in various brighter colours, some almost fluorescent but mostly mixed. The person for whom these are intended has been using elasticated hair bands of various types for years but they either break where the ends are stitched or are held by a clasp, or they stretch and eventually break. These are knotted to join the ends, broader, inherently stronger and appear not to tangle with the hair. They should also be longer-lasting and less subject to breakages. It is also suggested that they could also be used as bracelets as they are sufficiently slack, unlikely to affect circulation or cause nerve damage unless doubled-up; placement of the knot other than over the soft, inner wrist would also help although it is probably the brighter, flashier colours that would be most suitable. Great but not the best hair bands. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-05-01 03:25:58Reviewed Item Popband Printed Ponytail Holder Hair Bands/Ties – Animal, 5 PackRating 3.3 / 5  stars, based on  263  reviews A little expensive for what they are but they work well. This mini-collection of popbands is probably those most would want to wear in the working place be it an office, retail situation or possibly a lab or medical situation and probably the best suited other than those that may tone in with your hair colour – blondes, browns and blacks are among the plainer-coloured sets available. ‘popband ponytail holders, working girl’ comprise patterned fabrics in tweedy and other duo-tone styles with some plain styles included. The fabric is elasticated and very stretchy and sufficiently wide and soft not to tangle into the hair or pull it out when removed; they are far kinder than either plain elstic bands or the fabric-covered bands that break all too easily and too quickly. These are knotted and therefore inherently stronger. All the sets comprise five bands and there are many, including some far brighter, poppier colours that may be better suited to lesiure-time activities. The plainer and mostly darker sets may be more appropriate to workplace, school and college, anywhere that is likely to take a conservative view on dress codes. Fairly priced and well-suited to their role. Very nice, hold the hair perfectly and gently. Doesn’t pull my hair when using. Have used before so knew would ‘do’ the job. Don’t mark your hair and come in such a variety of colours. Reviews from purchasers :Popband Candy Ponytail Holderslast_img read more

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