They’ve Been Banned

Moviemakers in America have it pretty good. Thanks to the First Amendment, directors and writers can make a subversive celluloid statement without it being banned by the government. Stricter regimes around the world have prevented the release of motion pictures over objections to political undercurrents, religious imagery, and sexual content, among other factors. To give cineastes a glimpse into this taboo world, the Wolfsonian-FIU is presenting Censored Cinema, a summer screening series that examines the meaning and effects of cinematic oppression.

The films include Salt of the Earth, an astonishingly timely 1957 movie that was the only film to be banned by the House Un-American Activities Committee; and Jenin, Jenin, an unapologetically pro-Palestinian film that enraged the Israeli government. To kick off the series, tonight’s screening is Deepa Mehta’s Fire, the first in her award-winning elementals series. After the film’s release, an angry throng of Hindu fundamentalists pelted Mehta with stones. See it tonight at 7:00 at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Admission is ten dollars. Call 305-531-1001, or visit www.wolfsonian.org.
Thu., Aug. 3

 
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