Call me by your name is banned in Tunisia

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The Tunisian government has banned the screening and distribution of Oscar-nominated film, apparently because of same-sex love story shown in the film. After the Tunisian Ministry of Culture intervened, the venue announced on Facebook that the event had been “cancelled” because the government is against such movies being screened across the country. Distributor Lassaad Goubantini denounced the decision as “an attack on liberties” motivated by “the subject of the film”. “We filed an application for authorisation with the ministry of culture,” said Goubantini. He even proposed a viewing in exceptional circumstances before the screening to know if it would go ahead or not, (but) we were refused a permit.” Such a ban “is contrary to the Tunisian constitution”, added the distributor. Homosexual activity is still considered to be a crime in Tunisia.

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