The Nile Hilton Incident is a 2017 Sweden / Denmark / Germany /
France crime thriller by Tarik Saleh. Starring Fares Fares, Mari Malek and Yasser Ali Maher.
Egypt: Banned by the authorities in 2017
Egyptian police raided a
tiny alternative film venue in Cairo last week to prevent the screening of a thriller critical of law enforcement that has been banned.
The officers prevented The Nile Hilton Incident from being played in a makeshift, 25-seat theatre because it
was a downloaded copy that didn't have government permission to be shown.
It has not been allowed to screen at either the current festival or November's smaller, Panorama of the European Film festival, also in Cairo.
Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution, the thriller features a police officer who investigates the murder of a woman. What initially seems to be a killing of a prostitute turns into a more complicated
case involving the very elite of Egypt.
US: Uncut and MPAA Unrated for:
2017 Strand Releasing R1 DVD at US Amazon released on 21st November 2017
Lena Hendry, Programme Coordinator of the Malaysian human rights NGO Pusat KOMAS, has been charged under the Film Censorship Act for organising a private
screening of the documentary film called No Fire Zone, the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka .
Pressure originally came from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Malaysia. They faxed a letter to the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Civil Right Committee
(KLSCAH) asking them not to screen the documentary. On July 1, 2013, Lena Hendry had received a call from the Censorship Board of the Ministry of Home Affairs, who asked the organisers to stop the screening because the film had not gone under censorship.
She had replied that the screening was private and upon invitation only.
The private showing was raided by about 30 officials of the KDN, immigration officials and the police entered the Chinese Assembly hall and requested to check the film.
Lumpur Magistrate's Court sentenced Ms. Lena Hendry to a fine of MYR 10,000 (about EUR 2,130) or one year in prison for the private screening of the documentary.
Banned from Film Southasia 2013 film
festival in Kathmandu following a directive from the Ministry of Information and Communications.
Sri Lanka : Banned
A ban that Sri Lanka has tried to inflict on other countries too.
No Fire Zone is a feature length film about the final awful months of the 26 year long Sri Lankan civil war told by the people who lived through it...
Noah is a 2014 USA adventure drama by Darren Aronofsky. With Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins.
Banned in Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar, UAE
by the film censor
China : Banned in May 2014
Getting Noah past China's cinematic censors was stymied due to Beijing's sensitivities on religious issues, according to the Hollywood Reporter trade journal. A source said: This was
for religious reasons, though it seems the whole issue was quite complicated.
Indonesia: Banned by the film censor
Indonesia's film-censorship board has banned Darren Aronofsky's upcoming movie Noah on the
grounds that it showed an image of Noah who is considered to be a prophet in the religion of islam.
The chairman of the censorship board said the story presented in Noah ran counter to the relevant verses in the religious book, the Koran. Mukhlis
There are many considerations. The first thing is the content of Noah is against our beliefs or not according to the story in the holy book.
Malaysia: Banned by the
government film censor
A home ministry official has confirmed that Noah will not be screened in Malaysia. Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, chairman of the home ministry's Film Censorship Board, said the decision to ban the film was made about two
weeks ago. He said:
Yes, I can confirm that it has been banned by the board, the movie can cause quite a lot of anger and distress if it is shown in Malaysia.
Abdul Halim said the main reason for the
ban was the portrayal of Noah by Crowe, since Islam forbids visual depictions of any prophet.
Qatar : Banned by the film censor
The National Media Council (NMC), the UAE film censor, confirmed that
the film had been banned for reasons of religious intolerance. Juma Obaid Al Leem, director of the Media Content Tracking Department at the NMC said:
The film conflicts with all religions. Out of respect for these
religious sentiments, we are banning the film.
Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.
The film was not without
censorship concerns in the US. The studio was said to be concerned that the director's version may not go down well with the religious. However screenings with test audiences did not convince the studio that was a need for change. So the original
director's version got the go ahead. However a disclaimer was added to posters to distance the film from religious criticism:
The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe
that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the Book of Genesis.
The Nun is a 2018 USA horror mystery thriller by Corin Hardy. Starring Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons and Charlotte Hope.
Lebanon: Banned in September 2018
Lebanon's film censors have
banned the film from a cinema release claiming that the film was offensive to the Christian faith. It is unclear which scenes caused 'the offence', but some believe the ban may stem from the victimisation of nuns in the film.
The Warner Bros
production was awaiting a screening licence from the General Security's censorship committee ahead of an expected release on 6 September. However the Catholic committee watched the movie and asked the General Security to ban it in Lebanon for religious
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to
investigate. Together they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in 'The Conjuring 2,' as
the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.
Nymphomaniac: Volume I & II is a 2013 Denmark/Belgium/France/Germany/UK mystery drama by Lars von Trier. With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan
Skarsgård and Stacy Martin.
Withdrawn from one cinema after pressure from campaigners
An Armenian film director has denounced today a private cinema theater in Yerevan for cancelling the premier of a scandalous Danish director Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac due to numerous complaints by some citizens and social groups,"
without naming any of them. Cinema Star said its operation was "family-oriented" and to avoid conflicting opinions" about the film it decided to cancel its premier in Yerevan.
banned but all the explicit sex has been blurred by Japanese censors.
Volume II was banned from public exhibition in January 2014
Unbanned a couple of days later
The news of the ban swept through the European press. The government felt the shame and within a couple of days the film censor was sacked, and the film was unbanned.
Georgica Severin, chairman of the Romanian senate's culture committee
criticised the decision, pointing out the fact that Nymphomaniac: Volume I was already running in the country's cinemas.
Then the Hollywood Reporter said the president of the ratings commission, Cristina Corciovescu, had been dismissed and that the
film's rating had been changed to Romania's version of an 18 certificate. The paper quoted an email from Antoine Bagnaninchi, managing director of Independenta film, which said it was great publicity for the film but very bad for the image of
Banned by the film censor in February 2014
Turkey's film board banned the film outright on a vote of six to two that Nymphomaniac be classified as pornography.
The board includes members of Turkey's cultural, interior and education ministries as well as a psychologist and a
This film is in the porn category...because of its explicit sexual scenes, Turkey's cinema general director Cem Erkul told AFP: It also depicts extreme violence against women.
Uzbekistan: Re-banned in
Presumably the film was banned at the time of its release, but the ban has been re-iterated in a list of movies banned from Video on Demand on domestic internet services.
The continuation of Joe's sexually dictated life delves into the darker aspects of her adult life and what led to her being in Seligman's care.
UK: The Theatrical Version was
passed 18 uncut for strong violence, strong real sex and strong sex references for:
Censorship marred the opening of the 34th Durban International Film Festival (Diff) when the Film and Publication Board banned the opening film, Of Good Report.
According to the censor board's classification committee they stopped watching the film at 28 minutes and 16 seconds because the film contained child pornography. At this point in the film 16-year-old Nolitha (played by 23-year-old
Petronella Tshuma) is depicted in her Grade 9 school uniform. Since she had engaged in a sexual act with an adult in a preceding scene, this is depiction of child pornography, according to the board.
In an e-mailed letter to the
Diff manager, Peter Machen, the board refused to classify the film and ordered the festival to either destroy or surrender copies of the film to the police.
The film makers will now appeal the ban.
Report producer Mike Auret, of Spier Films, said the film had been picked up for screening at the next Berlin, Rotterdam, Toronto and Dubai film festivals.
The Chinese cinema release of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time ...
in Hollywood was cancelled with just a week's notice. The film censors banned the film but did not given any explanation of the reason why.
Tarantino, who is known to be opposed to any kind of tinkering with his films and has final-cut rights
included in his contract, has no plans to bring his film back to the editing bay, especially given that China has offered no explanation for what is objectionable in the film that revolves around the events leading up to the infamous Manson Family
murders of 1969.
The decision to halt the release is speculated to be about Tarantino's portrayal of the late martial arts hero Bruce Lee, who was of Chinese descent. It seems that Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, made a direct appeal to China's
National Film Administration, asking that it demand changes to her father's portrayal. Friends and family of the Hollywood action star have criticized Tarantino for his portrayal of Lee, saying it doesn't resemble the real-life man and is instead a
Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his
longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood's
Onward is a 2020 USA children's cartoon comedy by Dan Scanlon. Starring Tom Holland, Chris Pratt and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Middle East: Banned in March 2020 in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia
Disney's latest Pixar cartoon Onward has been banned by several Middle Eastern countries because of a reference to lesbian parents. The film will
not be shown in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Russia: Cut in March 2020
Police officer Specter, voiced by Lena Waithe, has been heralded as Disney-Pixar's first openly gay character. Her lines
include: It's not easy being a parent... my girlfriend's daughter got me pulling my hair out, OK?
Russia censored the scene in question by changing the word girlfriend to partner and avoiding mentioning the gender of Specter.
Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on an journey to discover if there is still a little magic left out there in
order to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him.
Pad Man is a 2018 India comedy biography by R Balki. Starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor.
Pakistan: Banned in February 2018
Members of the Punjab Film Censor Board have refused even to watch the film and have claimed that taboo subject films will not be allowed screening in cinemas. National film censors of the
CBFC concurred and so the film's cinema release has been cancelled.
Biography on Tamil Nadu activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, whose mission was to provide sanitary napkin's to poor
women of rural areas. Who would use rag cloths or leaves during periods where use of sanitary napkins was rare. After he did not get fruitful results from his family and a medical college he approached, he decided to try it himself by making a uterus out
of football bladder and filling goat's blood in it. He would roam around the whole day with the bladder, the aim was to check the absorption rate of the sanitary napkins made by him.
Padmavat is a 2017 India historical romance by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.
Malaysia: Banned in January 2018
Malaysia's Film Censorship Board
(LPF) placed the movie in its not approved list. Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz, chairman of the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF), said the film was axed as it depicted Muslims negatively.
India: Partially re-banned by violent
religious mobs in January 2018
Protesters in India's Gujarat have blocked roads and caused local bus services to
be suspended, after the Supreme Court cleared the release of controversial Bollywood film Padmavat.
Extremist Hindu groups torched buses and vandalised a theatre in the western state of Gujarat on Sunday.
Despite the court ruling and tightened
security, theatre owners in the state have decided against screening the film as they fear further violence.
About a quarter of cinemas across India decided not to show the film for fear of religious violence.
India: Unbanned by
India's Supreme Court in January 2018
India's Supreme Court has found that individual states should not be able to overrode the national film censor and so bans in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana have been
The film's producers had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the states' ban, and Chief Justice Dipak Misra concurred with the producers. He stated:
Cinemas are an inseparable part of right to free
speech and expression. States... cannot issue notifications prohibiting the screening of a film.
India: Banned in 4 states in January 2018
The controversial historical movie Padmaavat looks all set to
arrive in cinemas on January 25 but members of the Bharatiya Janata Party continue to make threats about its release?
The film has now been passed by the Central Board of Film Certification with a U/A certificate and five cuts adding up to 5s:
The title was changed from Padmavati, an historical character, to the fictional name Padmavat.
Disclaimers were added with one regarding not glorifying the practice of Sati, and another noting that the film is fictional.
cuts to the Ghoomar song to 'befit' the character portrayed.
Viacom Pictures put out a press release on Saturday confirming a worldwide release in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
However, despite the censor board's green signal, the movie has been banned in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana, all of
which are BJP-ruled states. This is entirely legal. State governments have the power to block a film's release even after censor clearance.
There has been no end to protests by the Rajput Karni Sena, the community organisation that has been leading
attacks on the movie since early 2017 on the grounds that it distorts history. On Friday, over 130 Rajput Karni Sena members were arrested in Mumbai for staging a protest outside the CBFC headquarters in Mumbai. The organisation has demanded that the
certification be revoked until its leaders have watched the movie, and have threatened to burn down cinemas that screen the film.
Rani Padmavati (aka Padmini) is said to be one of the
most beautiful women to ever exist. This real life story is epitome of Love and sacrifice between Rajput Queen Padmavati and Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the Rajput ruler of Mewar. Their perfect life took unfortunate turn when Allauddin Khilji's lustful eyes
gazed upon Queen Padmavati. Alauddin Khilji is known as one of the most brutal rulers of the Khilji dynasty, who ascended the throne by killing his father-in-law, his brother-in-laws and their uncles. He was known for attacking states, only for their
land and women. And, the motive behind the attack on Mewar was none other than royal Rani Padmavati. Chittorgarh fort, today, stands as an epitome of the true Rajputana spirit, loyalty, fidelity and bravery and a symbol of women power.
Parasite is a 2019 South Korea comedy thriller by Joon-ho Bong (as Joon Ho Bong). Starring Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo and Woo-sik Choi.
China: Banned in July 2019
The film was pulled from
the FIRST film festival in Xining for technical reasons, a euphemism for being banned by the film censors. No explanation was provided but it could be a simple as frosty relations between China and South Korea. No Korean films have been allowed to screen
in China in the last two years.
All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get
entangled in an unexpected incident.
Pari is a 2018 India horror mystery by Prosit Roy. Starring Parambrata Chatterjee, Dibyendu Bhattacharya and Ritabhari Chakraborty.
Pakistan: Banned in March 2018
Pakistan's Central Board of Film Censors banned Pari from cinema release as the content of the film was deemed unfit. A CBFC censor said:
The use of black magic
shown in the movie violates the tenets of Islam. Pari's script, dialogues and storyline go against our Islamic values. This film stimulates the viewers in favour of black magic and promotes thoughts that are contradictory to our religion.
Pattaya is a 2016 France comedy by Franck Gastambide. Starring Franck Gastambide, Malik Bentalha and Anouar Toubali.
Thailand: Banned in July 2016
This hit French film was banned from screening at the Thailand International Film Destination Festival by government film censors. Presumably they felt that the sexy goings on in Pattaya are not
a good advertisement for Thailand.
Franky and Krimo dream of leaving the dullness of their neighborhood on a trip in the famously sultry Thai resort of Pattaya
Personal Affairs is a 2016 Israel drama by Maha Haj. Starring Maisa Abd Elhadi, Ziad Bakri and Jihan Dermelkonian.
Lebanon: Banned in 2016
Personal Affairs by Palestinian director
Maha Haj was banned in 2016 from screening at the Beirut Film Festival because it was produced by an Israeli company and shot there.
In Nazareth, an old couple lives wearily to the
rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, their daughter is about to give birth while her husband lands a movie role and the grandmother loses her head ... Between
check-points and dreams, frivolity and politics, some want to leave, others want to stay but all have personal affairs to resolve.
Phantom is a 2015 India action thriller by Kabir Khan. Starring Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif and Rajesh Tailang.
Pakistan: Banned in August 2015
The Indian movie, Phantom was set to be released on August 28 both in Pakistan and India, but its screening is now banned in Pakistani cinemas as the result of a case in the Lahore High Court.
It follows the pattern of Pakistanis not being impressed by being depicted as the bad guys.
In this case, a lawyer representing a suspected bad guy wanted by the U.S., brought the case over being depicted as a terrorist who is the target of an
assassination in the film. The internationally designated terrorist who was the brains behind the 26/11 attacks felt that this movie would somehow mislead the residents of Pakistan.
Phantom is a political thriller that unfolds across various countries around the world. The plot revolves around protagonist Daniyal, whose journey to seek justice takes him from India to Europe, America and the volatile Middle East. However, he finds out that in a mission like this, there is always a price to pay, in this case, a very personal price.
The Post is a 2017 USA historical biography by Steven Spielberg. Starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Sarah Paulson.
Lebanon: Unbanned in January 2018
Interior Minister Nohad Mashnouk decided to overturn the ban on The Post. Mashnouk saw no obstacle preventing the film from being shown because it has nothing to do with Lebanon or the
conflict with the Israeli enemy.
Lebanon: Banned in January 2018
Lebanon = banned Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama The Post a few days before the film was set to premiere in Beirut.
A source involved with The
Post's international distribution says the movie was presented to the Lebanese censorship board, which banned it, citing Israel connections that includes Spielberg filming some scenes for Schindler's List in Jerusalem.
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true
The film is a story about a fictional president who disappears days before the general election, and refers to Cameroon's strongman President Paul Biya, who has been in power for more than three decades.
film premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July and touches on a number of taboo subjects including the ailing health of President Biya, who spends most of his time outside the country for treatment, and a reflection of other presidents
in similar circumstances including Eduardo de Santos, of Angola, and Zambia's Michael Sata said to be in India or London.
This film, although set in Cameroon, is said to be a reflection of a number of African countries including
Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi and Nigeria whose presidents have died in power after undergoing treatment for years amid denial from aides and parties.
Radiance of Resistance is a 2016 Palestine/US documentary by Jesse
Roberts Starring Ahed al-Tamimi and Janna Ayyad
Singapore: Banned with NAR rating (Not allowed at all ratings) in January 2018
Film censors of the IMDA cancelled a film festival screening, saying that the documentary
explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the eyes of the two young protagonists, without a counterbalance. The censors said in a statement:
The skewed narrative of the film is inflammatory and has the potential to
cause disharmony amongst the different races and religions in Singapore.
The problem, as FirstPost explains,
is that Raees tells the true story of a Muslim in the 1980s who indulges in the trade of liquor. The movie was deemed insulting to Islam because it subtly portrays Muslims as criminals, violent terrorists, wanted men, and gangsters.
In other words, it is an action film about a bootlegger who was a Muslim. The real-life individual who inspired the film became a Robin Hood-style folk hero and grew influential in politics.
The film is set in the early 80's and 90's in Gujarat. The fictitious story of a man who builds an empire in the state of Gujarat, the only state that still follows prohibition. It's a story about his rise and his
relationships, which help him become the single most powerful man in the state.
Rafiki is a 2018 Kenya / South Africa drama by Wanuri Kahiu. Starring Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha and Jimmy Gathu.
Kenya: High court confirms ban in April 2020
Rafiki was banned by Kenya's moralist film censor in April 2018 for its gay themes. The film makers have been pursuing the censorship through the courts, on the grounds that
Kenya's constitution includes the right to artistic freedom of expression.
But now the High Court of Kenya has upheld the violation of the film makers' rights to freedom of expression ruling that the film's ban:
Does not in any way violate Artistic Freedom of Expression, but instead protect the society from moral decay
Kenya: Still banned in Kenya but proved to be a hit around the world
Kenya Banned Her Film
for Its Corrupt Lesbian Romance. So She Showed It Off to the World
A Kenyan judge has lifted a ban
on a film about a lesbian relationship - for a week. Judge Wilfrida Okwany decided to allow the screening of the film for seven days so that it could be submitted for the Oscars.
In order to be submitted to the Academy Awards, the film must have been
publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days at a commercial motion picture venue.
In her ruling on Friday, Ms Okwany gave permission for the film to be shown to willing adults. She said she was not convinced that Kenya is such a weak
society that its moral foundation will be shaken by seeing such a film.
But the head of the Kenya Film Classification Board, Ezekiel Mutua, was unhappy about the decision, claiming homosexuality is not our way of life.
Wanuri Kahiu, the director of the banned film Rafiki is Suing Kenya's film
censors to unblock the way for the film to qualify as contender for the Oscars. The suit demands that the local ban be lifted in time for her to submit the film to be considered for an Oscar. It's also pushing to change the law that has been used to ban
popular films like The Wolf of Wall Street.
For Rafiki to be eligible for a Best Foreign Language award, it needs to be shown in Kenya before September 30, The Hollywood Reporter adds . If the selection committee is given permission to screen
the film to submit it to the Academy, Rafiki could be the first Kenyan film to be nominated in that category
Kenya: Banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board in April 2018
The KFCB claimed the film seeks to
legitimize lesbian romance.
Rafiki, which means friend in Swahili, is adapted from the 2007 Caine Prize-winning short story, Jambula Tree, by Ugandan writer Monica Arac Nyeko. It
follows two close friends, Kena and Ziki, who eventually fall in love despite their families being on opposing sides of the political divide.
Rana Plaza is a 2015 Bangladesh docu-drama by Nazrul Islam Khan With Pori Moni and Symon Sadik.
Banned by the Bangladesh film censor, a decision
upheld after an appeal.
The film is based on the tragic Rana Plaza collapse. The movie centers on garment factory worker Reshma Begum's 17-day fight to survive under the debris of Rana Plaza, a building
that collapsed on April 24, 2013.
The movie revealed a little too much about dire safety and working conditions in Bangladeshi factories and was subject to a series of censorship hurdles.
The movie centers on garment factory worker Reshma Begum's 17-day
fight to survive under the debris of Rana Plaza, a building that collapsed on April 24, 2013.
On July 17 2015, the High Court got involved in the censorship process and directed the authorities concerned to delete some scenes from the film saying they
were too graphic and may have detrimental effects on public sentiment.
Presumably with the cuts made, the film was cleared by the Bangladesh Film Censor Board for a premiere on September 4. But the High Court again stepped in on August 24, slapped a
six-month ban on its release following a plea by the Bangladesh National Garment Workers League chief Sirajul Islam. It also stayed the censor board's clearance of the movie. The petitioner had claimed that the movie has frightening scenes and the
names of security forces were used in it, which is a violation of the law.
Further legal hearings followed in September, unbanning and re-banning the film, until the government stepped in November 3 and blocked the screening of the movie
pending an appeal filed with the censor board.
And in the latest step in January 2016, the Appellate Committee of the board refused to grant the film a certificate saying that the committee had found the movie not suitable for public viewing.
Razzia is a 2017 France / Morocco / Belgium drama by Nabil Ayouch. Starring Maryam Touzani, Arieh Worthalter and Amine Ennaji.
Egypt: Banned in May 2018
Egypt's film censors have banned Nabil Ayouch's film Razzia for supposedly encouraging revolution, especially that the film tells the story of the marginalized poor in search of justice in Morocco.
The film censor specifically referred to events in the movie that recall the 2011 Egyptian revolution. The censor also reported concerns with the impact of religion, as it strongly believe that projecting Razzia will inspire the sympathy and
compassion of the audience, as the movie follows the daily life of a Jewish restaurateur.
The streets of Casablanca provide the centerpiece for five separate narratives that all collide
The Rocket is a 2013 Australia drama by Kim Mordaunt. With Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam and Thep Phongam.
Laos : Banned from film festival showing in 2013
Laos censors have stopped the Lao-language film from screening because it deals with the touchy issue of relocating villagers for the construction of hydro-electric dams in the country.
The Lao government wants to transform the country into the battery of South-east Asia by exporting power to Thailand and Vietnam.
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around
him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous
competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.
While a record 76 films are competing for the foreign-language Oscar, many Hollywood pundits consider The Rocket a solid chance, given the acclaim it has received in the US, including
three awards at the New York's Tribeca Film Festival, selection for Sundance's touring program and a warm reception at AFI Fest in Los Angeles.
Rocketman is a 2019 UK / USA musical music biography by Dexter Fletcher. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Taron Egerton and Richard Madden.
There was a debate in the US about cuts for a PG-13 rating but the film ended up as MPAA R rated. It was then 15 rated in the UK. The debate was reprised in Australia where the distributors appealed an MA15+ and won their case for a
lesser M rating. Cut in Russia and Malaysia. Banned in Samoa.
Samoa: Banned by the film censor in June 2019
The Elton John biopic Rocketman was banned by Samoa's film censor last week due to its depiction of
homosexuality onscreen. Film censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui said:
We're concerned with the cultural values and also the Christian beliefs here in Samoa -- it's not appropriate for public viewing.
Malaysia: Cut for gay sex
The Malaysian film censor has cut scenes which depicted depicted men kissing and having sex with one another. Safaruddin Mohammad Ali, head of the Film Censorship Board explained:
We do not allow any scenes that promote LGBTQ in films that are for public viewing
During the Russian premiere film goers noticed the 40s gay male sex scene
between Elton John (Taron Egerton) and manager, John Reid (Richard Madden) was missing.
Film critic Anton Dolin saw the original version in Cannes and remarked the Russian edit cut out scenes of kissing, sex and oral sex between
men. This included a photo of Elton John and his husband David Furnish in the closing credits. It also didn't show scenes featuring drug and alcohol use.
Around five minutes in total was missing from the Russian cut of Rocketman.
Maybe the 5 minutes is an exaggeration though.
A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.
Rouh's Beauty is a 2014 Egypt drama by Sameh Abdelaziz. Starring Salah Abdallah, Nagwa Fouad and Mohamed Lotfy.
Egypt: Banned in April 2014
Egypt's interim Prime Minister
Ibrahim Mahleb has banned a recently released Egyptian film, Halawet Rooh (Rouh's Beauty) . It will now be withdrawn from movie theatres and resubmitted to the country's censorship board.
The decision comes after the for-adults-only film,
released on 3 April, was hit with a wave of moral indignation accusing it of containing heavy sexual connotations that violate the Egyptian moral code .
The film, which revolves around Rooh, played by Egyptian/Lebanese diva Haifa Wahbe, who
becomes the object of desire of all the men in her working class neighbourhood while her husband is away.
A review published last week in the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm took aim at Halawet Rooh under the title of How to Make an Egyptian Porno
, which accused the film of unsuccessfully posing as drama while it was only concerned with sexually arousing the audience .
Egypt: Unbanned in November 2014
Egypt's administrative court has revoked a Cabinet
decree banning the screening of a sexually provocative film starring Lebanese pop diva Haifa Wehbe.
Qatar: Under duress but not banned
Meanwhile the easily offended in Qatar have also been campaigning against the
Supposedly, the indecent nature of the film has caused social media outrage due to the x-rated content, which was deemed inappropriate to the norms of the conservative Arab culture. The hashtag #banbeautyofthesouldmovie was trending on
Twitter in support of banning the film from screening in Qatari cinemas.
In the end the campaigners did not manage to get the film banned.
Summary Review: Romper Stomper meets This is England
This film was always meant to be controversial and is proving to be just that. Director Pavel Bardin has made a mockumentary film supposedly about working
class Russian skinheads.
It has been sold as Romper Stomper meets This is England quoting from Variety. However, it is not as good as either; it owes more in terms of style and presentation to the excellent
Man Bites Dog Man Bites Dog but fails to achieve the humour or poignancy that the Belgian classic managed.
Saw VI is a 2009 Canada / USA / UK / Australia horror mystery by Kevin Greutert. Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor and Mark Rolston.
The Theatrical version was cut for a US R rating. The uncut version was released on UK DVD and is Unrated in the US. The film was banned in spain, Malaysia, Thailand and Ukraine.
film was originally X rated which is a restricted rating more typically given to porn films. Such films are banned from mainstream cinemas. The film was later cut for DVD release.
The film was also banned in Malaysia, Thailand and Ukraine.
Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw's
legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw's grand scheme is finally understood.
UK: Director's Cut/Extreme Edition/Unrated Version
was passed 18 uncut for strong bloody violence for:
There is a high likelihood that viewers would be greatly shocked and disturbed by the extreme sexual violence and violence in association
with sexual conduct, along with sexual conduct with children and young persons, regardless of age. The publication's sexual violence and violence in association with sexual conduct is concerning in a different way. Research has repeatedly shown that such
depictions are likely to reinforce negative attitudes towards women in a number of ways. They have been shown to desensitise viewers to real-life violence, to reduce empathy with victims of sexual violence amongst both men and women, to increase rape
myth acceptance, and to increase women's fear of sexual assault. In the current publication this material is so extensive and extreme that these injuries to the public good are likely to occur regardless of the age of the viewer.
Norwegian Media Authority (Mediatilsynet) banned A Serbian Film because it contains violence with the sexualisation of children. Ove Wathne of Mediatilsynet told daily Dagens Naeringsliv that it is usually an ingredient that provides a basis for
an assessment of the Authority.
In Norway films are self rated by the distributors. The Norwegian media censors step in on demand, presumably in response to complaints or controversy.
August 2012 due to its content being likely to cause controversy in Singapore.
South Korea: Banned
The film was given a Restricted rating twice by the KMRB. The first edit was submitted on 9 August 2011 with a duration
of 94 minutes but was rejected for having extreme violence. The second edit was trimmed to 88 minutes and labelled as the director's edition, was submitted on 6 October 2011, but was also given the same restricted rating, this time for extreme
A restricted rating limits means that it can only be shown in adults-only (19+) theatres, of which there are none in Korea (although there were some when the law was written).
Sex and the City 2 is a 2010 USA comedy romance by Michael Patrick King. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis.
Abu Dhabi were unimpressed by being depicted in the movie. The government banned the producers from filming in the country, and also banned the film from cinemas.
Censors were unhappy at scenes referencing
homosexuality and highly displeased by a sequence in which one of the main characters is shown kissing in public. The most galling scene, however, appears to have been one in which the four ladies are rescued by Muslim women -- who take off their burqas
to reveal stylish western clothes underneath.
Singapore: The film was cut for a local rating
Vietnam : Banned
Banned as a conflict of cultural values.
Two years have passed since Carrie Bradshaw finally bagged John "Mr. Big" Preston, the man she was always meant to be with. Just as her friend Charlotte must deal with her young daughter's "terrible two's", Carrie
must deal with her relationship taking a turn for the worse - Big likes to watch old black-and-white movies on TV and eat take-out food, which prevents Carrie from feeling like the free-wheeling party girl she used to be. Meanwhile, Miranda copes with a
new boss that can't handle an intelligent, powerful woman, and Samantha works a public relations angle that gets the fashionable foursome an all-expense-paid trip to Abu Dhabi.
Sex Tape is a 2014 USA comedy by Jake Kasdan. Starring Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz and Rob Corddry.
India: Banned by the CBFC in July 2014
A source from the Central
Board of Film Certification (CBFC) says, Owing to excess vulgarity in the film, we have decided to not certify the film
India: Unbanned by the CBFC after 10 minutes of cuts in August 2014
The revising committee
of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) later cleared Sex Tape, giving it an A certificate. The committee asked the film's distributors to cut around 10 minutes' footage from the film.
Explaining the edits, senior member of the
Revising Committee, Nandini Sardesai said:
The two sex scenes-one before the titles roll and the other before the end credits-were uncalled for. Moreover, they were over the top. Frankly even I was embarrassed when I was
watching it. Despite the cuts, the film is still very explicit.
Malaysia: Banned in 2014
Wikipedia lists Sex Tape as banned by Malaysia's film censors. It was banned due to strong sexual content
A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.
15 uncut for strong sex references, sex, very strong language, drug use
US: Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for
strong sex references, sex, very strong language, drug use for:
Sex.Violence.FamilyValues. is a 2012 Singapore short comedy drama
family by Ken Kwek. With Adrian Pang, Vadi Pvss and Pamela Oei.
Banned with the comment:
"Contains strong and obscene language as well as scenes that show obscene actions that is insulting to local cultures".
Banned in 2012
Passed R21 after cuts in 2013
The censors deemed one segment in which a Chinese porn director played by Adrian Pang rants against an Indian actor racially offensive. After the scenes in question were deleted the film was allowed to open.
A kindergarten principal finds a series of morbid cartoons drawn by a child. A porn actor struggles to rise to the occasion while filming a romantic cumedy . A middle-aged nightclub bouncer faces off with a rebellious
A short film that throws political correctness out the window of Singapore mainstream cinema.
Shadows of Fiendish Ancestress and Occasionally Parajanov on Durian Cialis is a 2017 Singapore / Japan / Philippines romance by Tze Chuan Chew. Starring Raissa
Ai, Karla MC Bautista and Paolo Dumlao.
Singapore: Banned in 2017
The picture had been scheduled to have its world premiere at the Singapore International Film Festival, part of
the Singapore Media Festival , this week. But it was this week denied a public release certificate by Films Appeal Committee, on the grounds that it could hurt Muslim religious feelings.
UK: Banned by Thurrock
Council in September 2018
Banned fromThe Thurrock International Celebration of Film because an initial assessment claimed that the film would be rated R18 (denoting hardcore pornography) and therefore can only be shown in licensed sex
With reference to native historical texts and the mythological and religious depiction of the Holy Whore, Chew constructs a mythology of a hermaphrodite who comes to town to
impart a wisdom that proves to be too carnal and untimely. Years in the making and strung together with documentary-like footage of orgiastic happenings, punctuated with moments of refrain into randomness, the film soon escalates into a schizophrenic
psychedelia of multicultural and polymorphous sexuality.
Shakespeare Must Die is a 2012 Thailand horror drama by Ing
Kanjanavanit. Starring Pirun Anusuriya, Sudhisak Bamrungtrakun and Minta Bhanaparin.
Thailand: Banned in 2012
A new Thai film based on William Shakespeare's, Macbeth , has been banned by censors on the grounds that its content may cause disunity among the people.
The film is the first Thai
rendition of Macbeth, a bloodstained tragedy in which a Scottish general, with the help of his insidious wife, assassinates a king to pave his way to the throne.
One of the film's main characters is a dictator named Dear Leader, who resembles
former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose ouster in a 2006 coup sparked years of political turmoil between his supporters and critics.
Ing K., the film's director, said the censorship committee objected to anti-monarchy overtones in the
film as well as politically charged content, including a scene based on an iconic photo from Bangkok's 1976 student uprising showing a demonstrator being lynched.
A legal challenge to the ban was turned down by Thailand's Administrative Court in 2017.
2011 UK drama by Steve McQueen. With Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale.
Steve McQueen withdrew his film after the film censors of the Media Development Authority demanded cuts to a sex scene involving a threesome, and even after the cuts, the MDA imposed a 21 rating.
The film hit the censorship headlines, not because it was cut or banned, but because it was released in the US with an adults only NC-17 rating. This is rare in the US as many cinemas and advertisers refuse adults only films lest they lose
their 'family friendly' status.
Shonibar Bikel is a 2019 Bangladesh / India / Germany thriller by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki. Starring Parambrata Chatterjee, Ellie Poussot and Selina Black.
Bangladesh: Banned by the film censor in January 2019
The film censor banned the film claiming that it would damage the country's reputation, adding that it could also incite religious fervour. The movie has also been banned
from being marketed abroad.
Members of the censor board watched the film twice. Even though they praised the film upon the first viewing, certain concerns were brought to light when they watched it for the second time. Censor board member Nassiruddin
We think that the running time of the film, which is an hour and twenty minutes, is more suitable for film festivals than a theatrical release
He added that the film will damage the country's
reputation. Iftekhar Uddin Naushad, another member of the censor board, claimed that this decision was made because the film will be unfavourable to the global image of Bangladesh.
Director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki criticised the decision to ban his
Filmmakers should feel free to take inspiration from any incident that happens around them. They don't tarnish an image. They only interpret events. It's real world actions that can damage an image.
He said they would appeal against the decision in the hope of gaining a theatrical release.
A thriller based on a terrorist attack in 2016 claimed by Islamic State in
which 22 people were murdered in at the Holey Artisan Cafe.
Shooter is a 2020 India action film by Inderjit Singh Starring Jayy Randhawa.
India: Banned in Punjab and Haryana in February 2020
Following in the steps of the Indian state of Punjab, the Haryana state government has imposed a ban on the screening of the Punjabi movie Shooter- based on the
life and crimes of notorious gangster Sukha Kahlwan. As per the order issued by Vijai Vardhan, additional chief secretary (home), the suspension of screening/exhibition of the movie in the state shall remain in force for two months.
Singh has filed a petition within the High Court stating that the Punjab authorities has banned its launch on February 10 with out seeing the movie. The movie has not but been issued a certificates by the censor board and neither has the movie been seen.
Earlier the Punjab authorities banned this movie claiming that the movie is selling violence, crime and gang tradition, which may promote crime in Punjab.
A Punjabi movie based
on the life and crimes of notorious gangster Sukha Kahlwan.
In the UK the film was passed 15 uncut for strong bloody violence, brief drug misuse.
Shrek 2 is a 2004 USA children's animation comedy by Andrew Adamson,
Kelly Asbury... Starring Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.
BBFC category cuts were required for a U rated release for cinema and home video. Uncut in the US with an MPAA PG rating.
Israel: Briefly banned in 2004
The film was banned briefly in 2004. The Hebrew
dub featured a joke about Israeli singer David D'Or's high voice. in which one character threatens to castrate another by saying Let's do a David D'or on him. This remark prompted the artist to take legal action, saying: This film intends to present me,
in perpetuity, as a eunuch, a man with no testicles. It turns me into a laughing stock. The Tel Aviv District Court ordered Shrek 2 to be withdrawn until the remark could be edited out.
Shrek has rescued Princess Fiona, got married, and now is time to meet the parents. Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's
tension in the marriage. It's not just the family who are unhappy. Prince Charming returns from a failed attempt at rescuing Fiona, and works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother, to try and find a way to get Shrek away from Fiona.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is a 2020 India gay comedy by
Hitesh Kewalya. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar and Gajraj Rao.
Banned in UAE in February 2020.
Presenting the life of two gay men who are in love, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan depicts their struggle to convince their families to accept the relationship. But things are never as
easy as they seem and one of the boy`s family decides to get him married to a girl. Will their `unconventional` love prevail?
UAE : The film was banned by
the UAE film censor in February 2020. No explanation has been given but the UAE is not a gay friendly place
Kenya: Banned in February 2020
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua has also banned the
screening of Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan'. In a statement he maintained that the 'gay-themed is not in line with Kenyan constitution and the institution of family, hence the decision to ban its screening. He added:
is worse than the ones we have banned in the past as it has scenes involving children in homosexual practices and openly attempts to legitimize same-sex marriage.
Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya. Further, Kenya is a God-fearing
nation which places a great premium on family, an institution derived from a union between two people of the opposite gender.
Kenya will not be the dumping ground for all manner of filth that seeks to destroy the institution of
family and our cultural identity.
The Snowman is a 2017 UK / Sweden / USA crime horror mystery by Tomas Alfredson. Starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson and ChloŽ Sevigny.
Malaysia: Banned in 2017
The film was banned by the country's film censor for excessive violence.
When an elite crime squad's lead detective investigates
the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this
unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.
Stories of Our Lives is a 2014 Kenya by Jim Chuchu. Starring
Louis Brooke, Allan Bryan Weku and Judy Gichohi.
Kenya: Banned in 2014
The Kenya Film Classification banned the film with the comment:
The decision to decline approval to the
said film was because the film has obscenity, explicit scenes of sexual activities and it promotes homosexuality which, is contrary to our national norms and values.
collection of five vignettes about Kenya's LGBT community.
Stranger by the Lake is a 2013 France gay drama by Alain Guiraudie. With Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou and Patrick d'Assumçao.
Lebanon : Banned for:
2013 film festival showing
It was banned by the film censor when submitted for the Beirut International Film Festival
Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck
falls in love with Michel. An attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
A very explicit French gay-themed film. Sometimes it felt a bit overly so - including
graphic unsimulated scenes of oral sex and even a shot of a man, erm, climaxing. But I kind of admire the movie at the same time for not shying away from showing anything.
The film stirred controversy in France, two Paris suburbs
removed posters for the film that displayed an illustration of two men kissing. Residents complained the image was inappropriate.
Director Alain Guiraudie won the Best Director prize in the Un Certain Regard category at Cannes.
The film, an anthology of five short stories, each by a different director, has
provoked widespread discussion and raised the ire of Beijing, with China's Communist Party newspaper Global Times denouncing the film as absurd.
It was a hit at the box office, earning more than 6 million Hong Kong dollars ($770,000), or more
than 10 times its budget. But it abruptly disappeared from cinemas in January after an eight-week run, leading many to wonder whether pressure from Beijing was responsible. Now the only way to see it is at private screenings at universities and community
centers, where it's often followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.
Five thought-provoking shorts imagine what Hong Kong will be like ten years from now. In Extras, two genial
low-level gangsters are hired to stage an attack, but they're mere sacrificial lambs in a political conspiracy. Rebels strive to preserve destroyed homes and objects as specimens in the mesmerizing Season of the End. In Dialect, a taxi driver struggles
to adjust after Putonghua displaces Cantonese as Hong Kong's only official language. Following the death of a leading independence activist, an act of self-immolation outside the British consulate triggers questions and protests in the searing yet moving
Self-Immolator. In Local Egg, a grocery shop owner worries about his son's youth guard activities and where to buy eggs after Hong Kong's last chicken farm closes down.
Those Long-Haired Nights (Mga gabing kasinghaba ng hair ko) is a
2017 Philippines drama by Gerardo Calagui. Starring Rocky Salumbides, Anthony Falcon and Matt Daclan.
Malaysia: Banned in January 2018
A journey to the end of the night, through a gloomy and chaotic district of the Philippino capital, where the only things glowing in the dark are some red lights and the dreams of three ladyboys. The three of them are the best of
friends and are working as masseuses offering sexual services for their clientele. The youngest keeps falling in love with the wrong people; the wise one returns home to her province to attend the christening of her ex-girlfriend's son; the bravest looks
to make more money through drug deals for a Korean client. Where will their survival instinct lead them on the streets of Manila?
To Singapore, with Love is a 2013 Singapore documentary by Pin Pin
In the 1960s and 1970s, Singaporeans, who were activists, student leaders or Communists were exiled from their country. Fifty years later, despite
resettling in countries such as the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Thailand, it is clear that the diaspora still holds Singapore and the idea of returning home in their hearts and minds. TO SINGAPORE, WITH LOVE follows the exiled protagonists in the film,
as they undertake a trip to Singapore's closest neighbor, Malaysia, where they attend reunions, memorials and stay in a hotel that overlooks their homeland.
Singapore: Banned in September 2014
decision to ban the 70-minute film To Singapore, With Love , Singapore's films censors of the Media Development Authority (MDA) claim that its contents:
Undermine national security because legitimate actions of
security agencies to protect national security and stability of Singapore are presented in a distorted way as acts that victimised innocent individuals.
The individuals in the film have given distorted and untruthful accounts of
how they came to leave Singapore and remain outside Singapore
Toofan Singh is a 2017 India action film by Baghal Singh and Gurcharan Virk. Starring Ranjit Bawa, Avtar Gill and Raza Murad.
India: Banned in August 2017
Notable as this was the first film
banned by the recently installed new chief film censor, Prasoon Joshi.
A source from the CBFC reportedly said:
The film is brutal and anarchic. We couldn't empathise with its message of brute power, let alone grant it a
The journey of a Punjabi Sikh boy who grew up during the chaotic, violent 1980s revolving around his chase for survival, equality and justice in
order to protect and shield society and fight against brutality, crime and corruption.
In May 2013 it was announced that the film had been cleared for release in mainland China, a surprise to observers within and outside the country who feared such subject matter was taboo. By December 2013 the film still had not been
cleared by censors, and a leaked directive from the Central Propaganda Department instructed media not to conduct interviews, report or comment on the film.
exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China; (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination.
and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life);one of the best and most important directors in the world; (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different
provinces, who are driven to violent ends.
An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young
receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances.
Twilight Over Burma is a 2015 Austria TV drama by Sabine Derflinger.
Starring Zoe Addams, Sahajak Boonthanakit and Daweerit Chullasapya.
Burma: Banned from June 2016 film festival
An Austrian TV movie,
Twilight Over Burma, has been banned from a Burmese human rights film festival by the local film censor.
Burma's Film Classification Board's deputy director general Daw Thida Tin told the BBC that the film had been banned for the sake of national unity and also the stability of the country and of our people
the film festival organisers say they were also told that the censors saw the film as damaging to the image of the army.
Thailand: Banned from July 2016 film festival
The film was banned by the Thai film censor
from a film festival of films made in Thailand. The reason was attributed to solidarity amongst dictatorships, or in more PC terms it was related to bilateral ties between Thailand and Burma.
The U.S. scholarships Austrian student Inge and young mining student from Burma Sao Kya Seng fall in love. But it's only at the lavish wedding ceremony that Inge discovers her husband is the ruling prince of the Shan state of Burma.
After a coup staged by the Burmese military, Sao is imprisoned. Inge does everything she can to free him. Base on the true story of Inge Sargent.
Almost three years after Unfreedom
was banned in India by the Pahlaj Nihalani-led Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), on the grounds that it would ignite unnatural passions, the film has been acquired by Netflix and can be watched by the streaming service's subscribers.
about the film's release by Netflix, director Raj Amit Kumar said in a press statement:
I am glad that Unfreedom finds such a popular platform like Netflix after the ban in India and the efforts of censorship guardians in
India to stop the film. It also exposes the hypocrisy and divide between reality and fantasy of censorship system in India. There is no way they can control and censor content in digital age, yet, they try their best to choke filmmakers like me who have
something relevant to say that makes them feel threatened.
It is illegal that they banned my film. I plan to fight a legal battle, even after the Netflix release. I will fight against the ban. Neither the Central Board of Film
Certification (CBFC) nor FCAT have the right to ban a film. My fight will be in terms of how the censorship works.
The film was banned by the CBFC on the grounds that it would ignite unnatural passions,
The film is the story of a young girl who resists a forced
arranged marriage to unite with her lesbian partner. The nudity and lovemaking scenes of the female protagonists, 'outraged' the Indian Board of film censors.
Add to it a parallel story line which revolves around a liberal Muslim kidnapped by a
terrorist and the CBFC was up in arms.
Speaking from the US, the director told Mirror, The two stories are juxtaposed and the film challenges the idea of religious fundamentalism and questions its connection with homosexuality which is a biting
reality of India.
He added that the film was refused by both the Examining Committee and the Revising Committee. They plainly told me that after watching the film, Hindu and Muslims will start fighting and will ignite unnatural passions. I was
aghast as my film is not provocative.
The filmmaker then appealed to the Film Certification Apellate Tribunal (FCAT) but this time too, he was denied a certificate. I'm making an appeal in the High Court now as the Censor Board cannot tell a
filmmaker what to make and what not to, said the filmmaker
In New York arrives a violent and angry man imprisoned by his brutal past, Mohammed Husain. His mission - to kidnap and
kill a peaceful Muslim scholar, Fareed Rahmani. On the other side of the world, Leela Singh, a homosexual girl in New Delhi, kidnaps her bisexual lover, Sakhi Taylor. Her mission - to marry her lover and live happily ever after. In a brutal struggle of
identities against unfreedom, four characters, in two of the world's largest cities, come face to face with most gruesome acts of torture and violence. The choices they make when they are most cornered in life, expose the blemished reality of
Vishwaroopam is a 2013 India crime action thriller by Kamal Hassan. With Kamal Hassan, Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah.
Later unbanned after the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the National Censorship Board reviewed the movie. 16 dialogue cuts were required for approval.
Temporary court ban in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The film was unbanned after cuts were made to appease muslim protests
Temporary court ban pending censor review
In the UK the film has been passed 12A for cinema release after 11s of category cuts. The BBFC commented:
Company chose to remove two moments of bloody violence in order to obtain a 12A rating. An uncut 15 rating was
VISHWAROOPAM is a thriller in the Hindi and Tamil languages about a woman unsuspectingly married to one of India's top secret agents. It is rated 12A for moderate violence.
There are a
number of fast-paced fights and shoot-outs. Although there are some heavy blows and bullet impacts, little is shown in terms of injury detail, with the focus instead placed on the spectacular and generally unrealistic fight choreography. For example, in
one scene the hero uses a Japanese sword to defeat his attackers, cutting off one of their hands. There is no detail of this but the hand is briefly seen flying through the air.
VISHWAROOPAM also contains infrequent mild bad
language and mild sex references. There is also some sight of hard drugs, but this occurs within a clear anti drug context.
Presumably the baddies are muslim terrorists and hence the complaints about negative depictions from the
Wasp is a 2015 UK / France / Switzerland / Lebanon drama by Philippe Audi-Dor. Starring Hugo Bolton, Elly Condron and Simon Haycock.
Lebanon: Banned from film festival in October 2015
Philippe Audi-Dor commented:
I am very disappointed that Wasp won't be screening at the renowned Beirut International Film Festival because of its LGBT content. That said, I do understand that the film touches upon a
delicate subject, and do respect the censorship bureau's decision.
BBFC Insight about the sex content
A couple are seen having rear entry sex, with close up shots of flesh and facial
expressions. There are also strong sex references, with dialogue relating to role-play sex and several frank conversations about sexuality and infidelity.
There is brief natural breast nudity as a woman changes her clothes
in the company of another character.
Having left England for a romantic escapade in the south of France, Olivier and James invite Caroline along at the very last minute.
She was just left by her long-time boyfriend and is in need of a change of scenery. The trio arrives in a little Provencal village, somewhat cut off from the world. Though everything seems calm between the pool, sunshine and a village visit, Olivier
finds himself more and more intrigued by Caroline. A tension of sexual jealousy and possessiveness will escalade between the three.
UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex, sex references
Weekend is a 2011 UK gay romance by Andrew Haigh. Starring Tom Cullen, Chris New and Jonathan Race.
Italy: Banned across much of Italy in cinemas owned by the church. March
The Catholic Church in Italy has effectively banned Weekend , a movie by British filmmaker Andrew Haigh, by declaring it unfit to be shown in any of the theaters owned by the church.
In an unusual move that prompted
accusations of homophobic censorship, the Italian Conference of Bishops' Film Evaluation Commission classified the film as not advised, unusable and scabrous (indecent or salacious). The Commission listed the film's principal themes as drugs and
The result, according to its distributor Teodora Film, was that the film was shunned by the more than 1,100 cinemas which are owned by the Church and make up the bulk of Italy's network of independent/arthouse theatres.
number of Italian cinemas owned by the Church are a legacy of the days when every parish had its own cinema and local priests controlled projections, regularly cutting sections of films they deemed unsuitable for parishioners. Most of these cinemas are
now rented out to operators who do not have to be religious but do have to sign a contract which includes a clause agreeing to go along with the guidance issued by the bishops.
Friday night after a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something
special. That weekend, in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex, the two men get to know each other. It is a brief encounter that will resonate throughout their lives. Weekend is both an honest and
unapologetic love story between two guys and a film about the universal struggle for an authentic life in all its forms. It is about the search for identity and the importance of making a passionate commitment to your life.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for strong sex, sex references and hard drug use for:
The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 USA crime comedy biography by
Martin Scorsese. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie.
Banned by the Cambodian government citing the film's liberal use of expletives
India : Cut by 6 Minutes
India's films censors have cut 6 minutes from Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. A source from one of the multiplex chains showing the movie said Indian audiences will be denied visuals of frontal female nudity, intercourse and
masturbation as well as the dialogue, All nuns are lesbian . These cuts, amounting to a little over 6 minutes, bring down the movie's running time from 180 minutes to 174 minutes.
Three scenes were cut: a gay orgy, co-star Jonah Hill's public
masturbation sequence and the opening scene of the film that features DiCaprio blowing cocaine into a woman's derriere using a straw.
Also, the expression "all nuns are lesbians" was blacked out because of a guideline stating that all
religions should be respected.
The Indian release will also include an anti-smoking disclaimer, which is now mandatory for any film that features cigarettes.
Kenya : Banned
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB)
has banned the sale, exhibition and distribution of a Hollywood film The Wolf of Wall Street for extreme scenes of nudity.
When contacted, the board's communications office said the film has been restricted due to elements that include
nudity, sex, alcohol, drugs and profanity.
Lebanon : One cut
Lebanon was set to take the cut Indian Version. However, the Lebanese distributor relented because of pressure from moviegoers and is only cutting the gay
Malaysia: Self censored:
Cinemas give up without even submitting it to the censor. Exhibitors saw the film, they realised there was no way they could get away with screening it in the country, due to the
drugs, nudity, profanity.
The Nepal Censor Board has decided to ban the film completely, forcing local distributors to apologize to their customers who had been
waiting to see the movie. The censor chairman Umakanta Parajuli said that the film was banned:
Due to Vulgarity. Nepal is orthodox regarding vulgarity.
Cut by 4 minutes and still R21 rated.
Singapore authorities had said they were cutting several scenes, including one featuring DiCaprio having sex with a flight attendant.
Fans are calling for a total boycott of the version of
the film cut by 4 minutes by the local censors. Movie goers want to be able to watch the original uncensored version.
The R21 rating restrictions the film to down town cinemas and bans showing it at suburban complexes
by 45 minutes
Newspapers have reported that movie goers have been walking out of UAE showings after 45 minutes of cuts rendered the movie incomprehensible. UAE film censors say a massively pre-cut version prepared for the whole region may
have been slightly less cut if edited for UAE alone.
US: Cut to avoid an NC-17 rating
According to what could just be press hype, it is reported that Scorsese had to trim sex and nudity to prevent the film being slapped
with an NC-17.
The film ended up rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence.
It has been reported that the Theatrical version will become the definitive and that
the cuts are unlikely ever to be restored to an Unrated Version or Director's Cut.
IMDb reports that the film has been banned in Zimbabwe.
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. DiCaprio plays Belfort, a Long Island penny
stockbroker who served 36 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scam that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for very strong language, strong sex, hard drug use for:
Wonder Woman is a 2017 USA action Sci-Fi fantasy by Patty Jenkins. Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright.
Banned in Lebanon and Malaysia because of the Israeli lead actress.
Lebanon: Banned in May 2017
Lebanon, which is officially still at war with Israel, has banned Wonder Woman from showing in the
country's cinemas because the film's lead actress, Gal Gadot, is Israeli.
Lebanon's Ministry of Economy issued the ban just before the film was scheduled to premiere in Lebanon. The film had been promoted around Lebanon and had been awarded a film
certificate from the country's film censor. But a protest movement called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon pressured the government into banning the film, describing it as the Israeli Soldier film.
Malaysia: Banned in 2017
Banned by Warner Malaysia prior to its premiere and the official release on the account of the film's leading star Gal Gadot's service in the Israeli Army. Passed uncut for home video.
IMDb notes the film was banned in Qatar citing similar concern to that of Lebanon.
Tunisia: Temporarily banned
IMDb notes the film was temporarily banned in Tunisia citing similar concern to that of Lebanon/
Before she was Wonder
Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her
home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.
Yes and Yes (Da i Da) is a 2014 Russia drama by Valeriya Gay Germanika. Starring Vladimir Dubosarsky, Aleksandr Gorchilin and Agniya Kuznetsova.
Actress Agniya Kuznetsova plays an inquisitive girl
from the outskirts of Moscow, embarking on a coming-of-age adventure in the city's bohemian art community.
Russia : Banned in July 2014
Russia's new anti-obscenity law, that came into force on 1st July, has forced
Vologda's VOICES Film Festival to pull its screening of Valeria Gai Germanika's Yes and Yes (Da i Da) .
However, the extensive use of strong language means that the film's producers have not been able to obtain a distribution certificate
to release the film in Russian cinemas. Under the new legislation, films containing foul language will be banned from general release.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno is a 2008 USA comedy romance by Kevin Smith. Starring Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks and Craig Robinson.
Malaysia: Banned Thailand: Banned Trinidad and Tobago: Banned
The film was submitted to the MPAA and received an NC-17 rating. The producers made cuts hoping for an R rating but again received an NC-17 rating. The film makers won an appeal and this second submission was downrated to R.
The movie's original poster was deemed too explicit by the MPAA, and was banned in the U.S., because it suggested the characters on the posters are engaging in oral sex. It featured two separate images of Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, who are fully
clothed, and the back of the actors' heads close to each other's crotch.
A few cinemas in Utah also took it on themselves to refuse to play the movie
Zack and Miri
are two lifelong platonic friends who make an adult film to pay the rent of their apartment. With their friend Delaney, the couple set out for auditionees for their porn film, but in the process of filming, they realize they feel more for each other than
they had before.
UK: Passed 18 uncut for very strong language and sex references and strong sex:
Zoolander is a 2001 Germany / USA comedy by Ben Stiller. Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Christine Taylor.
Originally R rated by the MPAA but the film was cut, and after an appeal achieved a PG-13 rating. This version has been distributed worldwide since. There is an alternative version of the titles though. 12/12A rated by the
BBFC for all UK releases. The film was banned in Malaysia, Iran, and also banned for a while in Singapore.
The film censor banned the film claiming the colourful setting was a little but too camp and so
banned the film for being gay.
Malaysia: Banned in 2001
The film was banned by the film censors who took offense at a joke about killing the country's prime minister
A version was prepared for Asian release that
replaced references to Malaysia were replaced with Micronesa. However this was not enough to placate the Malaysian film censors who banned the film.
Singapore: Unbanned in 2006
Unbanned in 2006 but still given a high
age restriction, NC-16
Singapore : Banned in 2001
The film was banned in 2001 in sympathy with its neighbour Malaysia being the butt of jokes. Singapore censors also cited the films emphasis on drugs when justifying the
US: Cut for a PG-13 rating
Originally R rated by the MPAA, but the film was subsequently cut, and after an appeal achieved a PG-13 rating. This version has been distributed worldwide since.
Derek Zoolander is VH1's three time male model of the year, but when Hansel wins the award instead, Zoolander's world becomes upside down. His friends disappear, his father is disappointed in him, and he feels that
he's not good as a model anymore. But when evil fashion guru Mugatu hires Zoolander, he thinks his life has turned back round again, that is until he finds out that Mugatu has actually brainwashed him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Can Zoolander
and his new friends find out how to prevent the incident before it's too late?
UK: The cut US PG-13 version was passed 12A/12 for moderate bad language, drug and sex references without further
BBFC cuts for:
Rahman 1400 is a 2018 Iran drama by Manouchehr Hadi. Starring Bahram Afshari, Saeed Aghakhani and Sareh Bayat.
Iran's Culture Ministry says it has banned Iran's best-selling movie of the month, Rahman 1400. This seems to be in response to a controversy with a few viewers complaining of sexually explicit dialogue.
Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz, chairman of the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF) said:
Any film with LGBT elements, whether directly or indirectly promoting or propagandising this element, will be banned. That
was why Dua -- Dunia Untuk Aku was banned. The animated film Bilal was banned as its portrayal of Islam was not in accordance with the Sunnah practised in Malaysia. The Bollywood movie Padmaavat , meanwhile, was axed as it depicted Muslims negatively.
The other movies contained LGBT elements or had extreme sexual scenes.
Agent Vinod is a 2012 India action adventure
thriller by Sriram Raghavan. Starring Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Gulshan Grover.
In Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhua, RAW Agent Vinod (Saif
Ali Khan) is rescued by colleague Rajan (Ravi Kishan) from a rogue Pakistani army officer (Shahbaz Khan).
Banned by Pakistan's Central Board of Film Certification as it contained references to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) that could
hurt the sentiments of people in Pakistan .
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a 2013 India sport biography by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Starring Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor and Pavan Malhotra.
The true story of the "Flying Sikh" - world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh -- who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to
become one of India's most iconic athletes.
Singh's comments in the about Pakistan didn't go well with the Pakistani censors so the film ended up banned.
Dangal is a 2016 India action sport biography by Nitesh Tiwari. Starring Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar and Fatima Sana Shaikh.
Banned for its inclusion of the Indian national anthem and the Indian flag.
Mulk is a 2018 India drama by Anubhav Sinha. Starring Tapsee Pannu, Rishi Kapoor and Prateik.
One family member tries to help her own family which are trapped in a dark controversy. Banned by Pakistan's film censors from the CBFC in August
Neerja is a 2016 India biography by Ram Madhvani. Starring Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Yogendra Tiku.
Neerja is the story of the courageous Neerja Bhanot,
who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.
The problem: the plane was hijacked in Karachi, Pakistan. Hence, it was
banned in Pakistan,
Zindagi Tamasha is a 2019 Pakistan drama by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat. Starring Arif Hassan, Ali Kureshi and Samiya Mumtaz.
A devout Muslim who writes composes, and even records hymns praising the Prophet, Muhammad Rahat Khawaja is a respected elderly man who works in real estate and takes care of his bedridden wife. One day, he attends
the wedding of a friend's son, where he inadvertently shows off a dance in front of his friends and family. His dance gets recorded and then uploaded to all social media platforms, which then also gets broadcasted on television. And the chaos begins to
ensue in his quiet life.
The film was banned in January 2020 over fears of blasphemy but the ban was overruled in July 2020 by Pakistan's Senate Committee for Human Rights.
A list of banned films was published in October 2018 that were presumably banned for cinema which been republished for the country's
internet companies to make sure they are also banned from Video on Demand. Examples from the list include: