Lebanese authorities stop the screening of ‘The Silent Majority Speaks’, which depicts the 2009 post-election Green Movement protests in Iran, organisers of a local film festival said on 16 November 2014.
Lebanon’s Censorship Committee is part of the General Security agency and monitors all films before screening in the country. General Security is regarded as close to Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah movement, which is allied with Iran.
The film, a documentary, includes scenes depicting the protests that erupted in Iran after the 2009 presidential elections that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power following claims of election fraud. Festival director Jocelyne Saab described the censorship decision as “dangerous”.
“There is nothing in the film that justifies the ban,” she told AFP.
“It narrates what happened in a beautiful artistic way and is not intended to criticise or attack but to create dialogue,” she added.
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