IJR: 'Inxeba' ban a blatant attempt to silence LGBTQIA voices, narratives

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) has spoken out strongly against that ban of 'Inxeba' from mainstream cinemas.

Last week, the highly-debated film was reclassified to X18 by the Film and Publication Board (FPB) Appeal Tribunal.

The film can only be distributed from designated adult premises, and many groups have slammed the FPB for the pornographic classification.

Read: 'Inxeba' film's reclassification likened to censorship

The IJR's Jodi Williams says the ban is an obvious attempt to silence the stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.

Also read: Inxeba first 'non' pornographic movies to be rated X18, no reasons given

Williams says there appears to be a double standard applied by the FPB to the film which portrays a gay love story.

There's nothing about this film that speaks to any pornographic nature.

Jodi Williams, project officer for Communications and Advocacy at IJR

We firmly believe that this is another attempt to limit the access to the film and limit the conversation and debate that has emerged out of the film.

Jodi Williams, project officer for Communications and Advocacy at IJR

We see this as a very obvious and blatant attempt to silence these unique experiences and narratives that have emerged from the LGBTQIA+ community as a whole.

Jodi Williams, project officer for Communications and Advocacy at IJR

Why is it only now, that we see a film that portrays a gay love story, that we are concerned about these ratings?

Jodi Williams, project officer for Communications and Advocacy at IJR

Take a listen to Jodi Williams express the opinion of the IJR:


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