Afrikaans film rated as “borderline porn” by FPB

The Films and Publications Board (FPB) has classified “Dis ek, Anna” – an upcoming Afrikaans film about teen sex abuse – as “borderline pornographic”, giving it a rating of 18LSV.

According to a report in the City Press, the film is based on a book about a true story, which is prescribed reading in South African schools. The movie was intended for teen viewing with the aim of “breaking the silence” around sex abuse.

Despite there being no frontal nudity or explicit sex scenes in the film, the FPB said the “overall impact of the film had a strong… psychological impact”.

“We are very sensitive when it comes to scenes of sexual violence and abuse,” said the FPB.

“This is due to the fact that South Africa has one of the highest rape stats and we are careful to ensure that younger audiences who have experienced a similar trauma are not retraumatised.”

This is not the first time the FPB has been in the spotlight over contentious ratings. In 2013, the board refused to classify Of Good Report – a film about a young girl and her “sugar daddy” – for similar reasons.

We need to break the silence

The film’s producer Niel van Deventer said the point of the film is to address rape and abuse issues in South Africa, and that a “huge number” of under-18s in the country are affected by abuse.

Driki van Zyl of Times Media Films said an appeal of the FPB decision was likely.

The full report can be read in the 9 August 2015 edition of the City Press

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