JOHANNESBURG - At least two Eastern Cape cinemas have cancelled the scheduled screening of the controversial fim, Inxeba (The Wound) following threats of shutdown from traditional chiefs and some social media users.
The Nu Metro Walmer Park in Port Elizabeth said it would not proceed with the screeening of the movie due to protest action against the movie.
Please be advised that, due to protest action, screenings of #Inxeba (‘The Wound’) will not proceed as planned. If you’ve booked, we will gladly refund you or exchange your tickets for another film—contact email@example.com. We will update you as the situation warrants.— Nu Metro Walmer Park (@numetrowalmer) February 2, 2018
East London's Hemingways Mall also cancelled the opening of the movie.
"Dear Shopper. We have just received word from Tsogo Sun that the movie "Inxeba - The Wound" showing has been suspended, and will not be running today as previously advertised. Kind regards, Centre Management," the mall said on Facebook.
Inxeba, which has won 19 international awards officially opens in cinemas across the country on Friday.
The film also bagged seven Annual South African Film and Television Awards nominees on Friday including best actor for lead character played by Nakhane Toure.
Toure had received numerous threats after the release of the film but it seems the attention has now turned to cinemas.
Inxeba tells a story of a young gay man played by Toure who goes to the Eastern Cape to join a group of other men to be a traditional sergeon to initiates and one of the young initiates discovers the man's secret (homosexuality).
Social media users shared their mixed views ahead of the screening of Inxeba on Friday.
A friendly warning to all your Cinemas, we will be matching to all your cinema tomorrow if you dont suspend the Movie Inxeba @sterkinekor . You are warned... Hope you learnt something from what happened at H&M #Inxeba #InxebaTheWound #InxebaMustfall— Thabo Mafuna (@Thabo_RSA) February 2, 2018
Here is my non spoiler summary of #Inxeba #TheWound #InxebaTheWound @TheWound_SAfilm— iG: tshepotlhale (@tshepo_tlhale) February 2, 2018
An initiation teacher is forced to confront his sexuality and his past when he takes care of a queer initiate in the context of toxic hyper masculinity. ✌(No initiation secrets are exposed)
16 initiates died last year. Dololo protest action from Contralesa and friends. A movie about the toxicity faced by Queer men in traditional spaces, which opens up dialogue, is made and all of a sudden they are alive. Contralesa and that Women's department are a joke. #Inxeba— Sivuyile Mtshemla (@Slayvuyile) February 2, 2018
Watch the trailer of the much talked-about movie below: