Can't say we're surprised by this!
The new Hammad Khan-directed film, Slackistan - which focuses on a group of bored, rich teens living in Islamabad, Pakistan - has been banned by the country's Central Board of Film Censors.
According to reports, they've informed the film's distrubutor, Mara Pictures, that significant cuts would have to be made to the flick - including removing all dialogue that references the Taliban, Osama Bin Laden, Islamic beards and attire, swears, and the word 'lesbian' - if they want the ban removed, and even then, it would STILL be slapped with an 18+ rating.
"The censor board's verdict is oppressive, arbitrary and steeped in denial about life outside their government offices. Maybe the establishment's view is that young Pakistanis saying words like Taliban and lesbian represent a more potent threat than the bullets and bombs that are, day by day, finding increasing legitimacy in the country."
Ouch! But he's right!
Not sure that there's anything anyone can do about it, though!
Such a shame that these censorship issues are still so prevalent in countries all over the world.
The US may still have a long way to go, but at least there's always hope that we have the capacity to change and learn and adapt! Lots for which to be thankful!
Tags: ban, beards, central board of film censors, cut, director, hammad khan, islamabad, lesbian, mara pictures, osama bin laden, pakistan, slackistan, swear words, taliban, youth