Johannesburg - The Film and Publication Board’s Appeal Tribunal overturned the classification of the multiple award-winning South African film, Inxeba (The Wound) from 16LS to X18 with the classifiable elements of Sex, Language, Nudity, Violence and Prejudice, it was announced on Wednesday.
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This is a classification that is typically reserved for adult films of an explicit sexual nature. A rating of X18 means that the film can only be exhibited in designated adult premises which require a special licence from the FPB to broadcast X18 films.
One of the producers of the film, Cait Pansegrouw released the following statement about the reclassification in a release to the press: “We are obviously disappointed in the outcome, given how the FBP has classified an important work of art that explores themes around masculinity, love and identity as an X-rated film.”
“We were really committed to participating in the Indaba so we could have an open dialogue and find one-another in a structured and constructive process, where all parties invited were certain of their rights and how they would be protected,” Pansegrouw added. “Unfortunately, the Commission did not provide us with the relevant details and assurances we requested to enable our participation.”
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“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,” added Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution in the same statement. “We have sought advice from legal representatives, who are studying the decision, and we will advise on our way forward imminently.”