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Surprise Censorship at Cabriolet Film Festival

BEIRUT | June 03, 2014, 10h49
Par Sophie Spencer
General Security banned, a film that was supposed to be screened at the Cabriolet film festival for short films last weekend, according to Maharat.
In a baffling act of censorship, the general security prohibited the showing of ‘The Exhibition’ a 10-minute film by Lebanese director Youssef Nassar, taking umbrage at the footage of topless Lebanese women in the short film.



Other films due to be screened at the festival were only given a permit on the condition that they cut certain scenes that contained too many swear words. Rezz 3a Coco and God Save the Queen were both eventually screened at the festival but the cutting of scenes may have affected the continuity and quality of the films with duration of 21 and 12 minutes respectively.

One of the founders of the event, Ibrahim Samaha, quoted on maharat-news.com, criticized on the haphazard nature of Lebanese censorship and a society that readily accepts scenes of horrible violence but takes offence at nudity.
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