God's Own Country is a 2017 UK gay romance by Francis Lee. Starring Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu and Gemma Jones.
Spring. Yorkshire. Isolated young sheep farmer Johnny
Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker Gheorghe, employed for the lambing season, ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.
Country director Francis Lee has revealed his film was butchered by its American distributor, who censored several of the movie's gay sex scenes for a streaming release.
The censorship first came to light earlier this week, when Lee tweeted that fans
should not stream the movie via Amazon Prime Video, due to edits made without his consent. He Tweeted:
Dear friends in USA, God's Own Country appears to have been censored on Amazon Prime. Until this is investigated
please do not rent or buy on Amazon Prime. It is not the film I intended or made.
However the director later seems to have got the Amazon Prime version fixed and he tweeted the following day:
investigation, God's Own Country was not censored by Amazon, but by the US distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films, who butchered the streaming version without consultation to get more 'revenue'.
The rental version of God's Own Country
on @PrimeVideo is the correct version of my film. I would like to thank Amazon Prime for being supportive and I would caution any film maker of working with the aforementioned 'distributor'.
The film was banned in numerous Arab countries
and China as a result of its LGBT+ themes, with only Secareanu's native Romania playing the film in Eastern Europe.
Rafiki is a 2018 Kenya / South Africa drama by Wanuri Kahiu. Starring Patricia Amira, Muthoni Gathecha and Jimmy Gathu.
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.
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
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
Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu expressed disappointment in the court's decision:
We are disappointed of course. But I strongly believe in the constitution
and we are not going to give u. I think it is very important for us to define what freedom of expression means in Kenya as per our constitution. We are going to appeal. The ruling today is not a true reflection of what the constitution says.
Onward is a 2020 USA children's cartoon comedy by Dan Scanlon. Starring Tom Holland, Chris Pratt and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
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.
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.
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?
Other Middle East countries, Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt are showing the film.
according to Deadline, Russia censored the scene in question by changing the word girlfriend to partner and avoiding mentioning the gender of Specter, who is a supporting character.
Meanwhile in the US the christian website LifeSiteNews has launched
a petition calling for a boycott of the movie. Gualberto Garcia Jones Director of Advocacy for LifeSite whinged:
It's a relentless onslaught against our children's innocence. And, we parents have got to be just as
relentless in rejecting Disney's attempt to sexualize our children.
The petition has been signed by about 55,000 people and states:
By forcing the LGBT agenda on us, you are seriously disrespecting our
values. The days are now over where we would give you our hard-earned dollars just so you can turn around and offend us and our children's innocence. Please do not pursue this agenda again in the future.