On 2 October 2014, filmmaker Tan Pin Pin re-submitted her film, To Singapore, With Love , for classification with the film censors at the Media Development Authority (MDA).
The MDA had originally rated her film NAR : Not Allowed for
All Rating . This means the film is not allowed to be screened in public or be distributed. The MDA later said the film is allowed to be screened in private and to college students.
Since Ms Tan re-submitted the film for rating,
however, several ministers and government departments have castigated the film, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He said the accounts given in the film by the former members of the Communist Party of Malaya were self-serving and were conveniently inaccurate in places, glossing over facts in others.
The Minister for Communications and Information, Yaacob Ibrahim, also criticised the film. He told Parliament on 7 October that the film's one-sided portrayals are designed to evoke feelings of sympathy and support for individuals
who in reality chose to leave Singapore and remain in self-exile.
And the Government's latest response, the press secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister said allowing the film to be screened in public would be like
allowing jihadi terrorist groups today to produce and publicly screen films that glorify their jihadist cause.
It certainly doesn't look good for film makers hoping to overturn the ban!
Singapore film censors have banned a documentary about Palestine from screening at film festivals.
Government censors at the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) claimed that the film has a skewed narrative which could cause
disharmony in Simgapore.
The 2016 film, Radiance of Resistance, tells the story of Ahed al-Tamimi, then 14, and her 9-year-old friend Janna Ayyad, often called the youngest journalist in Palestine. The pair join protests in Palestine
against heavily armed Israeli soldiers.
The one-hour documentary, directed by Jesse Roberts, an American humanitarian and filmmaker, was scheduled to be screened at the Singapore Palestinian Film Festival 2018 on Thursday.
But on Tuesday,
the IMDA cancelled the 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:
skewed narrative of the film is inflammatory and has the potential to cause disharmony amongst the different races and religions in Singapore.
The film was rated as 'not allowed for all ratings (NAR)'.
Adela Foo, the
festival's organiser, told local journalists that she was disappointed, but wouldn't appeal the IMDA's decision given time constraints.
An Israeli military court charged Ahed al-Tamimi, the film's main subject, with assault, for slapping an
Israeli soldier. Since her arrest, politicians, royals, and celebrities have spoken out for Ahed, now 16. Her father has said that his daughter's actions caught on video happened after Israeli soldiers shot her 14-year-old cousin, Mohammed al-Tamimi,
with a rubber bullet in his face.