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Hardcore Porn? Local film banned

Inxeba has been reclassified by the Film Publications Board from 16LS to X18, the same class as hard porn.

Inxeba, otherwise known as The Wound is South Africa’s big Oscar contender this year. It’s making waves for another reason though, thanks to the controversy it’s stirred up within the Xhosa community. Many screenings of the movie in the Western and Eastern Cape have been cancelled following outrage and protests led by the traditional leaders group, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) who claim that the film inaccurately portrays isiXhosa culture, Contralesa’s boycotts forced some cinemas to pull screenings of Inxeba over concerns for the safety of their staff and other cinema goers.

A bigger point of contention, many believe, is its portrayal of homosexuality within a patriarchal, homophobic culture. Ixeba tells the story of a gay man who travels to the rural Eastern Cape to oversee the Xhosa circumcision initiation, only to have his secret discovered. The outrage has seen screenings of the controversial film axed.

Film Publications Board Press Release:

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) Appeal Tribunal has overturned the classification rating of 16 LS given to the film Inxeba – The Wound and gave it a rating of X18 with the classifiable elements of Sex, Language, Nudity, Violence and Prejudice. Reasons for the decision of the Appeals Tribunal are to be shared once they have been finalized and furnished by the Tribunal.

A rating of X18 means that the material can only be distributed from designated adult premises. This means the film cannot be screened in cinemas or any other platform that is not a designated adult premise as defined by the Film and Publications Act no 96 of 1996 as amended.

The Chairperson of the Appeals Tribunal in consultation with other tribunal members agreed to hear the appeal based on applications lodged by CONTRALESA Gauteng and The Men and Boy Foundation. The complaints were largely based on the perceived cultural insensitivity and distortion of the Xhosa Circumcision tradition (Ulwaluko), strong language in the film.

Source: Critical Hit (Geoffrey Tim)

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