Does 'Inxeba' deserve a porn rating?

As the controversy surrounding queer Xhosa initiation film Inxeba ('The Wound) continues, Eusebius McKaiser asks, 'Is the movie hardcore pornography?'.

Earlier this month, the South Africa Film and Publication Board (FPB) announced that the movie had officially been banned from playing at mainstream cinemas in South Africa.

The FPB has recently reclassified the movie as X18 - a classification usually reserved for pornography.

Eusebius was joined by freedom of speech activist, Sekoetlane Phamodi on Thursday morning.

The FPB has gone out of it's way to find a reason to classify this film as X18 without meeting any of the requirements of legislation.

Sekoetlane Phamodi, Freedom of Expression Activist

It's entirely appropriate the film is getting the attention it is getting, but these conversations need to happen in the appropriate forum, along the appropriate rules.

Sekoetlane Phamodi, Freedom of Expression Activist

A tribunal overturned the FPB's original classification rating of 16 LS and gave the film a rating of X18, classifying the film in the same category as pornography.

What they're saying, in effect, is 'homosexual sex in itself is pornographic.'

Eusebius McKaiser

Last week, the tribunal gave its reasons for the X18 rating, saying didn't find any "scientific, educational and artistic value" in the film.

It also claimed the film may be offensive to women.


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