The unthinkable has happened. The Film and Publication Board has banned the multiaward winning film Inxeba: The Wound from being screened in mainstream cinema outlets, restricting its distribution to "designated adult premises". This reclassification of Inxeba by the board’s appeal tribunal in essence means that the film can only be seen at venues where pornographic films are also screened. Therefore, the banning has reduced Inxeba to a pornographic movie. When it opened it had an age restriction of 16 years. This decision came after the Congress of Traditional Leaders of SA called for the banning of the film on the grounds that it reveals secrets about Xhosa circumcision rituals. Xhosa traditional leaders succeeded in having the film withdrawn from cinemas in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, but it opened to full houses on February 9 in some cities. Threats of physical harm have been issued by faceless people against the actors and crew since the film opened. Some of them have be...

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