Panel discussion “Cinema and Censorship”

Art has always been political, holding a mirror to society and to those in power, questioning dogma and requiring authenticity. So it’s no wonder that the film sector has over and over again faced enormous political pressure.

Saturday, Sep 30, 5 p.m., 2. OG Kopfbau

Filmmakers have been arrested (e.g. Jafar Panahi in Iran) or sentenced in politically-motivated trials (e.g. Oleg Sentsov in Russia). Sometimes, film funding is granted according to a state line (Poland) or festivals are banned or cancelled (China).
Censorship continues to play an important role in many countries. Unwanted voices are suppressed, films are removed from the market and festivals are told which films they can or cannot select.
We will discuss the current global situation with Lena Hendry from Malaysia who was fined this year because had screened a film at her human rights film festival that was not acceptable to the powers-that-be. Alankrita Shrivastava’s film LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA was initially accused of being too “lady-oriented” by the censors in India.
Zeynep Güzel from the independent New Film Fund, Istanbul, will discuss the mounting pressure against independent filmmakers and film festivals in Turkey.

Moderation: Dr. Grit Lemke