FPB slammed for reclassifying Inxeba
It has bumped up classification of the film from its initial 16LS to an X18 rating to apparently enable adults to make informed viewing choices
THE decision by the Appeal Tribunal of the South African Film and Publication Board (FPB) to reclassify Inxeba – The Wound, to an X18 rating, has been slammed by the local film industry with fans of the film accusing the board of being homophobic and in support of traditional leaders who since last year lodged numerous campaigns to have the film banned and boycotted.
This was after the Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities commission made numerous representations to the board about complaints it received from concerned citizens agitating for the age restriction.
The FPB said the decision to bump up classification of the film from its initial 16LS classification to an X18 rating was done 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 reclassification comes just weeks after Inxeba was met with resistance following protests and cinema shutdowns for its depiction of gay love at the secret Xhosa ritual and its sexual elements of nudity, violence and prejudice.
The film’s director, John Trengove, refused to speak to The New Age and referred the newspaper to a Twitter statement, where he labelled the FPB’s decision, a blatant display of homophobia.
“If anyone needs further proof of the shameless homophobia rampant at the highest levels of the FPB, here it is,” Trengove said.
“Ironically, it is this systemic erasure of queer identity that inspired us to make Inxeba – The Wound in the first place.”
The reclassification practically bans the film from being shown in the mainstream media and cinema settings and only permitted at designated adult premises. The DA also slammed the FPB’s decision as being severe and harsh.
The DA strongly condemns the FPB’s decision to reclassify the film to a rating of X18. We encourage the producers of Inxeba to fight all the way
Phumzile van Dame said: “The DA strongly condemns the FPB’s decision to reclassify the film to a rating of X18. We encourage the producers of Inxeba to fight all the way to the highest court in the land by urgently taking this decision on review.”
Yesterday, at a press briefing held by the CRL at Birchwood Hotel, the film’s producers excused themselves and left the briefing without an explanation.
RECLASSIFIED: The Film and Publication Board has been accused of being homophobic after it changed the rating for Inxeba: The Wound to X18.