After being allowed back in cinemas following the Film and Publication Board’s reconsideration of its porn rating, critically acclaimed film Inxeba swept up the awards at the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas).
The awards took place in Sun City on Saturday night. The film exploring the politics of sexuality in the context of traditional Xhosa initiation took home five Gold Horns in the following categories: Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actor (Nakhane) and Best Supporting Actor (Bongile Mantsai). It had already taken the award for Best Editing for the technical awards on Thursday.
The controversial film is currently the subject of a court case as conservative quarters try to keep it from showing at cinemas.
The winner for Best Actor, Nakhane, continues to shine, as the award adds to his growing tally of awards in this category. The actor, singer and writer, full name Nakhane Mavuso, earlier this month released his sophomore full-length album, You Will Not Die, to local and international acclaim.
Popular soapie Isibaya was one of the big winners in the TV categories alongside newer series Tjovitjo, which won Best TV Drama and Best Actor in a TV Drama (Warren Masemola). Isibaya scooped up Best Soap, Best Directing in a Soap or Telenovela and Best Supporting Actor (Pallance Dladla).