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Joyland: Pakistan’s ministry ban its official entry for the Oscar, Read for Details

Joyland: Pakistani authorities have banned filmmaker Saim Sadiq’s critically praised film Joyland, claiming that it includes “very unacceptable material,” months after issuing a certificate allowing the film to be viewed by the public. The government issued the certificate to Joyland, which is also Pakistan’s official Oscar entry, on August 17. However, concerns have recently been raised about its substance. It prompted the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to ban the film, allegedly to avert a response from the country’s conservative forces.

The Minister wrote in the notification, “Written complaints were received that the film contains highly objectionable material which does not conform to the social values and moral standards of our society and is clearly repugnant to the norms of ‘decency and morality as laid down in Section 9 of the Motion Picture Ordinance, 1979”

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Sadiq’s directorial debut film is Oscar’s entry of Pakistan

Sadiq’s directorial debut film will fight for a slot in the final five of the Academy Awards’ best international feature category in 2023. The government issued an order prohibiting the exhibition of the film in the country. The film was set to be released in cinemas in Pakistan on November 18. Joyland follows a traditional family who desperately wants for the birth of a son to carry on the family line, while their youngest son secretly joins an exotic dance theatre and falls in love with a Transwoman.  

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