The cast and crew of the award-winning South African film “Inxeba” (The Wound) have reportedly come under online attacks, including death threats and threats of violence allegedly because the film sheds light on a secret initiation ritual, though the film focuses on the relationship between two men, reported South African news source TimesLIVE, on 23 August 2017.
Lead actor Nakhane Touré, who is openly gay, has received several violent threats, including that of being burnt alive.
The actor described the reactions as “violent homophobia”, adding that ritual secrets are not revealed in the film and that people are reacting to the trailer of the film before they’ve even viewed it.
Media reports indicate that amaXhosa king Zwelonke Sigcawu was also offended by the trailer of the movie sought to halt the distribution of the film for depicting a homosexual relationship during the traditional amaXhosa manhood initiations, reported News24.
The National Film and Video Foundation submitted “Inxeba” as its choice for an Oscar in the best foreign language film category, which has further angered traditional leaders, reported Channel24, on 1 October 2017.