The release of the award-winning movie last Friday sparked boycotts, and screenings were cancelled for “security reasons” by Nu Metro Cinemas at Canal Walk and Walker Park in Port Elizabeth.
The movie was shot entirely in isiXhosa and depicts a story of unrequited love between two initiates in an initiation school setting.
On social media, local celebrity and musician Loyiso Bala took a clear stance towards the screening and said that the film has ridiculed the isiXhosa culture. He received a backlash from people who said he chose to stick to culture and tradition when it suited him.
“The release of Inxeba totally ridicules and disrespects the wishes and traditions of the Xhosa culture. If we, as a country, cannot protect our own cultural beliefs and differences, no one else will do it for us Why when it comes to our own traditions, we can’t give each other the same respect? #BanInxeba,” said Bala.