South Africa: Condoms Star in a Sex Film With a Message
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
With three goals in mind â€” to score a political point, to convey a safe-sex message and to make money â€” a South African producer has made that nationâ€™s first all-black pornographic movie.
In a departure from the norm for such films, the male cast members wear condoms. Also, the entire cast was tested for H.I.V.
South Africa has the worldâ€™s worst AIDS epidemic, with nearly six million infected, and about 1,000 a day dying.
The movie, â€œMapona,â€ which means â€œnakedâ€ in the Sotho language, drew its cast from volunteers who answered audition calls on a sex Web site aimed at the growing black professional class.
The producer, Tau Morena, said in media interviews that the siteâ€™s 30,000 members had complained that all the X-rated movies in the country were made in the United States, Europe or Asia.
He said the movie had â€œa gentle message about safe sexâ€ because young black South Africans still have a â€œnegative attitude towards condoms.â€ The sequel, he added, would be distributed with safe-sex material.
Most American pornography producers shun condoms, saying customers wonâ€™t buy movies with them. They rely on regular testing at industry-sponsored clinics.