Distributor goes the legal route over Inxeba cinema ban

23 February 2018

Distribution

The commotion surrounding Inxeba (The Wound) appears to be far from over. After the appeal tribunal of the South African Film and Publication Board (FPB) banned it from SA cinemas on Wednesday, the film’s distributor is seeking legal advice.

The FPB changed the classification of the multiple award-winning film from 16LS to X18, based on sex, language, nudity, violence and prejudice, which means it can now only be screened at designated adult premises.

“This is to provide consumer advice to enable adults to make informed viewing choices for themselves and children in their care; to protect children from exposure to disturbing and harmful material and from premature exposure to adult experiences,” the FPB said on Twitter.

The film sparked national protests and saw cinemas shut down over its portrayal of homosexual love scenes at a Xhosa initiation school. Members of the cast and the production team were also subjected to threats of violence.

Indigenous Film Distribution managing director Helen Kuun said: “This is one of the most severe ratings a film can receive. “We have sought advice from legal representatives, who are studying the decision, and we will advise on our way forward imminently.” Read the full article on The Citizen here