Singapore’s censor board has banned a film festival from screening four documentaries, including one made by a gay Muslim filmmaker and two others about terrorism.
The films Arabs and Terrorism and David the Tolhildan were “disallowed on the account of the sympathetic portrayal of organizations deemed terrorist organizations by many countries,” said Amy Chua, chair of the Board of Film Censors.
Arabs and Terrorism centres on the divergent views of right-wing U.S. policymakers and political groups from the Middle East, while David the Tolhildan chronicles the journey of a Swiss man who joins the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has been fighting for independence in southeastern Turkey.
The other films that are banned include A Jihad for Love by Parvez Sharma, which concerns homosexuals living within Muslim communities. Chua said the film was not permitted to be shown because of the “sensitive nature of the subject.”