Inxeba (The Wound), is now available for streaming on the world's largest series, documentaries, and movies-on-demand service, Netflix. The movie is can currently be streamed by most countries where Netflix is available around the world and it is reported that South African viewers will have to wait until 12 February 2018 to be able to stream it on Netflix.
This comes after Inxeba's launch weekend in South African cinemas being interrupted by protests that resulted in the movie not being screened as advertised and scheduled in some cinemas.
Inxeba tells a story of masculinity, manhood and the isiXhosa rite of passage to manhood as it applies to gay men. In the film, Xolani joins the other men of his community on a journey "to the mountains" to initiate a group of teenagers into manhood. His entire existence and identity starts to unravel when a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret.
"It was a very tough day. 8 out of 16 of the cinemas that were part of the National Roll out of THE WOUND had to cancel some of the screenings due to violent threats to staff and protests. Despite all that I heard from our distributor we were top 5 films watched today amongst all films playing in SA at the moment. This really means there are a lot of people out there who want to engage with our film. We worked hard and we stood up for our right to freedom of expression. The film is still playing and we do not intend to stop. And if all cinemas stop, people will still be able to watch INXEBA everywhere else. The minority of men who are feeling their masculinity threatened should get over themselves. It is 2018," said Elias Ribeiro, Producer of Inxeba.
However, it seems like the film's availability on Netflix is not as a result of protests in South Africa as it was uploaded on the streaming platform on 1 February 2018 for non-South African subscribers.