Producers of the film Inxeba (The Wound) have condemned and are set to challenge the reclassification of the movie as X rated by the Film and Publication's (FPB) Appeal Tribunal.
The FPB described the movie as having classifiable elements of sex, language, nudity, violence and prejudice.
Managing director of the Indigenous Film Distribution Helen Kuun said in response to the reclassification: “This is one of the most severe ratings a film can receive. It means that the film has been pulled from cinemas, making it impossible for people to watch it anywhere other than adult exhibition facilities.
Kuun added that they were seeking legal representation and said they would “advise on our way forward imminently.”
Cait Pansegrouw, one of the film’s producers, said they were disappointed that a work of art that explores important themes such as identity, masculinity and love could be giving an X rating.
The SA Screen Federation (Sasfed), has also made their dismay about the reclassification known.
Acclaimed documentary maker and chairperson of Sasfed, Rehad Desai said: “We are intent on presenting a legal challenge to the FPB, which we are confident we will win.”
According to Desai, Sasfed is planning on lodging a formal appeal. Desai added that it would be on the basis that “due procedure was ignored in the reclassification of the film”.
Last week Inxeba actor Nakhane Touré spoke out against the film’s reclassification from 16 LS to X18 saying the verdict left him “close to tears, shaking”.
A number of organisations, individuals and groups have expressed their disapproval of the film, while some called for an outright ban.
Representatives from both the Zulu and Xhosa have noted their unhappiness with the film.