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Hemingways Casino postpones screening of controversial movie, Inxeba

By Jesica Slabbert - Feb 2, 2018
Hemingways Casino postpones screening of controversial movie, Inxeba

Likely bowing to pressure, East London’s Hemingways Casino on Friday morning announced that they have decided to postpone the screening of the controversial film, Inxeba – The Wound, which was scheduled to open for public screenings on Friday.

While the film has been praised by international film critics, traditionalists have expressed their unhappiness about the film showing what happens in the bush where Xhosa men go through a sacred rite of passage to manhood.

The details about what happens in the bush have long been a secret to outsiders as well as women, who can never know what happens there.

Inxeba stars, Alice-born musician-turned-actor, Nakhane Touré in the lead role of Xolani, and Niza Jay Ncoyini, as Kwanda, who join the other teenagers of their community on a journey to the mountains to be initiated into manhood.

The film explores the two men's secret love affair.

Many traditionalists have voiced their outrage against this as culturally offensive.

Hemingways has stated that they will re-evaluate the feasibility of screening the film at a later stage after they have consulted with all stakeholders.

Meanwhile, members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Nelson Mandela Bay, Khanya Ngqisha and Tengwa Yamkela, have already organised a protest that they hope will see the closure of various cinemas in Port Elizabeth that intend to screen Inxeba.