- The FPB has reclassified the film and given it an X 18 rating
- The film has recieved widespread criticism for revealing secret Xhosa rituals
- The FPB overturned its own previous rating after outrages social media users lodged complaints of the films consent
The Film and Publication Board (FPB) Appeal Tribunal has overturned a previous rating decision of 16 LS for the film Inxeba and gave it a new rating of X 18 which warns of extreme elements of Language, Nudity, Violence and Prejudice.
The reasons for the reclassification of the rating by the Appeals Tribunal will only be furnished once they are finalized.
Briefly.co.za leared that the X 18 rating essentially means that the film can only be distributed from designated adult premises. This rules out cinemas or any other place which is not designated as an adult premise according to allafrica.com.
The reason for the change in ratings could be due to the number of complaints which were lodged which claim that the film contains a perceived cultural insensitivity and a distortion of the Xhosa Circumcision tradition (Ulwaluko).
The Film and Publications Act no 96 of 1996 allows for this classification to protect adults and children from exposure to disturbing, harmful and premature exposure to the adult material.
The Tribunal appears to have succumbed to pressure and overturned its own rating of 16 LS in favour of the X 18 rating.
The film has come under fire for revealing secret rituals of the the Xhosa people and has resulted in a heated argument on social media.
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