Last week I sat in a two-thirds-full cinema in Killarney, Johannesburg, for the premiere of Inxeba (The Wound), where its producer Elias Ribeiro bemoaned the fact that very little money had been recouped from the making of the film. “The misconception is that we are rich guys exploiting other people’s culture, but the truth is (screenplay writer) Malusi Bengu worked for free on this film for about four years. I might get paid soon.“NizaJay Ncoyini cannot really afford six months of rent and food with the salary he earned working really hard on this film. We are still trying to make financial sense of this endeavour,” he told the audience during a Q&A session shortly after the credits rolled. The National Film and Video Foundation – which apparently only “came on board after we got an invitation to the Sundance Film Festival” – had rejected their requests for funding on more than one occasion. It would be interesting to hear whether the producers, cast and crew truly believed that th...

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