Lebanon bans a film that criticizes Iranian regime

silent majority speaksLebanese authorities have banned the screening of a film depicting the 2009 post-election “Green Movement” protests in Iran, organizers of a local film festival said on Sunday.

“‘The Silent Majority Speaks’, the admirable visual essay of filmmaker Bani Khoshnoudi, has been censored in Beirut,” a statement from the Cultural Resistance International Film Festival organizers said.

“The film was to be screened tonight… At noon, the Censorship Committee served notice to the festival’s organizers that it was banned for ‘insulting a foreign country,'” the statement added.

“The organizers of the festival protest this ban, which risks depicting Lebanon as a backwards and unenlightened country in the eyes of the international community.”

Lebanon’s Censorship Committee is part of the General Security agency and monitors all films before screening in the country.

General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim is regarded as close to Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah Shiite movement, which is closely allied with Iran.

The film, a documentary, includes scenes depicting the protests that erupted in Iran after the 2009 presidential elections that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power despite claims of election fraud.

Festival director Jocelyne Saab described the censorship decision as “dangerous”.

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General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim is regarded as close to Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah Shiite movement, which is closely allied with Iran.

“There is nothing in the film that justifies the ban,” she told AFP.

“It narrates what happened in a beautiful artistic way and is not intended to criticize or attack but to create dialogue,” she added.

Lebanon is considered one of the most open societies in the Middle East, but art is occasionally censored, usually for sexual content or sensitive religious issues, rather than for political reasons.

The Cultural Resistance Film Festival is in its second year and is screening movies in five locations in Lebanon.

AFP

  • Hind Abyad

    It’s called Diplomacy..good for Israel.

  • nagy_michael2

    So Nassrallah can bleep his damned mouth at every country he doesn’t like but we can’t criticize his beloved Iran. what are you afraid of not getting 7 millions dollars from the terror regime in Tehran? But its okay for Iran to let the movie play that defamed Jesus Christ. the censorship committee my butt.

    • Hind Abyad

      Please i would like you to read this, while were occupied by ISIS and Sunni-Shia sectarian wars,
      the 1980 Oded Yinon’s plan is eating Palestine, soon Lebanon, and the Middle East as we speak.

      Oded Yinon’s Plan
      The Israel of Theodore Herzl (1904) and of Rabbi Fischmann (1947)

      In his Complete Diaries, Vol. II. p. 711, Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism, says that the area of the Jewish State stretches: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.”

      Rabbi Fischmann, member of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared in his testimony to the U.N. Special Committee of Enquiry on 9 July 1947: “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon.”

      This essay originally appeared in Hebrew in KIVUNIM (Directions), A Journal for Judaism and Zionism; Issue No, 14–Winter, 5742, February 1982, Editor: Yoram Beck. Editorial Committee: Eli Eyal, Yoram Beck, Amnon Hadari, Yohanan Manor, Elieser Schweid. Published by the Department of Publicity/The World Zionist Organization, Jerusalem.
      ————————————————

      “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties”
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-middle-east/5324815?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-f

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9QLNHjIQe8

    • doron

      well you pretty much got it right…

      • Hind Abyad

        I knew this will please you

  • Andre

    That’s a shame, and very ironic. They don’t mind showing the politicians, on TV, sounding stupid, and are the one that actually make Lebanon look “as a backwards and unenlightened country in the eyes of the international community.”

  • Tk

    shame on lebanon. for banning a movie that speaks about the reality of democratic movement in Iran

  • TheUSequalsTheIS

    bravo