The film Inxeba: The Wound, which opened at cinemas last Friday, has been screened without disruption at cinemas in most cities and towns. In the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape, screenings of the film were cancelled after threats from people opposed to its content — particularly the issue of initiation. The 88-minute film has won accolades at major international festivals since 2017. It was also nominated for an Academy Award in the foreign film category. Last Friday, when the local film showpiece awards, the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas), were announced, Inxeba: The Wound topped the nomination list with eight nominations in various categories including best actor, best directing and best film. To all intents and purposes, the film should be celebrated throughout SA for its feats, especially for the integrity with which it handles the delicate subject of culture and its aesthetical aspects. It is directed by John Trengove and was written with the assistance of...

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