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Qatar: Ministry of Culture bans transgender film ‘The Danish Girl’

25 January 2016

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Authorities in Qatar have banned theatres from screening ‘The Danish Girl’ on the afternoon of 11 January 2016 following protests and reactions online about the film’s content, reported Doha News.

“We would like to inform you that we have contacted the concerned administration and the screening of the Danish film is now banned from cinemas. We thank you for your unwavering vigilance,” the ministry wrote on its Twitter.

A representative of Qatar Cinemas told Doha News that it had cancelled all of its screening of the film starring Eddie Redmayne, which opened in Doha in January and is based on the true story of a Danish artist who had undergone one of the world’s first sex change operations in the 1920s.

This is not the first time the country has banned movies for their content, including banning ‘Noah’, starring Russel Crowe, and Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ in 2014.


Sources

» Doha News – 11 January 2016:
Cinemas stop showing ‘The Danish Girl’ after ban in Qatar

» The Guardian – 11 January 2016:
Qatar bans Eddie Redmayne transgender film The Danish Girl


Related information

» Artsfreedom.org – 26 March 2014:
Indonesia: Film censorship board bans the American film ‘Noah’

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