Singapore bans local movie ‘#LookAtMe’

SINGAPORE BANNED ‘#LOOKATME’


Singapore banned the release of “#LookAtMe”, a feature film by the local director Ken Kwek. The InfoComm Media Development Authority said the film exceeds film rating guidelines because it disparages a religious community. Supposedly based on true events, the film depicts a man offended by a pastor who preaches against homosexuality, but whose behavior contradicts his teachings. The protagonist’s viral video of the Aberrant Priest lands him in jail, forcing the man’s same-sex identical twin to fight for justice.

“#LookAtMe”, was created at New York Asian Film Festival and local media reports that the film has been selected for next month Singapore International Film Festival. But IMDA’s decision means it can no longer be shown in any form in Singapore unless Kwek is successful on appeal.

Singapore recently banned the Indian film “The Kashmir Files” on religious grounds. It is also the country that has the record for asking Netflix for the most withdrawals. And, although the Singapore government recently said it would decriminalize homosexuality, IMDA said it would take a tougher line against LGBT depictions in film and TV content.

NYAFF said, “Ken Kwek’s indictment for backward thinking and barbaric laws moves from deadly seriousness to colorful camp, without once losing sight of his humanity.”

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