Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Kurdish film banned in Iran

The film "Half-Moon" by award winning Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi has been banned in Iran, just as it was to premier at a Toronto film festival. As described by Agence France:

The film ("Niwemang" in Farsi) follows an iconic, but aging Kurdish musician Mamo (Ismail Ghaffari) in poor health who leads his sons and a woman with a "celestial voice" from Iran to Iraq for a concert to celebrate the fall of Saddam Hussein and the end of his censorship of Kurdish music.

The film is based on true events, but is "not political", Ghobadi insists.

However, it apparently flouts Iranian law, which forbids Kurds and women in mixed company from singing in public since Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979.

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