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AFP: Two US films draw ire of Gulf Arab censors

By Indiewire | Indiewire April 17, 2006 at 9:42AM

Two Oscar-winning US films have caused headaches for government censors in the conservative Muslim Arab states of the Gulf, including booming and relatively tolerant Dubai. "Syriana" and "Brokeback Mountain" have run a foul with local censors. Before "Syriana" could be released, it took four months for censors to comb through the movie, partly shot in Dubai two years ago. As far as "Brokeback," homosexuality is a serious offence in the Gulf, punishable by flogging and imprisonment. In February, 11 men were sentenced to six years in jail in the UAE after a raid on a gay party in a desert hotel. The film is unlikely to be released there. Agence France Presse reports.
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Two Oscar-winning US films have caused headaches for government censors in the conservative Muslim Arab states of the Gulf, including booming and relatively tolerant Dubai. "Syriana" and "Brokeback Mountain" have run a foul with local censors. Before "Syriana" could be released, it took four months for censors to comb through the movie, partly shot in Dubai two years ago. As far as "Brokeback," homosexuality is a serious offence in the Gulf, punishable by flogging and imprisonment. In February, 11 men were sentenced to six years in jail in the UAE after a raid on a gay party in a desert hotel. The film is unlikely to be released there. Agence France Presse reports.





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