Lebanon: Documentary film with Sahrawi artists banned

14 October 2015


The film ‘Life Is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara’ has been banned in Lebanon. All screenings at Beirut Film Fest have been cancelled.

‘Life Is Waiting’ is a new film by director Iara Lee, who asked Sahrawi activists and artists to give answers to questions such as: ‘What will it take for the people of Western Sahara to reverse decades of broken promises and gain their freedom?’ and ‘What lessons does Sahrawi resistance offer for nonviolent movements around the world?’

‘Life Is Waiting’ has been banned in Morroco, which was somehow expected, but it is being screened in numerous other countries around the world.

The Lebanese censorship of the film is rooted in geopolitics, according to the film makers, who stated that Lebanon benefits from Moroccan support and humanitarian aid.




Lebanon: LGBT film banned from film festival

The British film ‘Wasp’ was banned from the Beirut Film Festival which runs from 7 to 15 October 2015, and the director believes it was cut for its ‘LGBT content’.

The film has been praised for its depiction of fluid sexuality and won best international feature and best actress at FilmOut San Diego this year.

According to a spokesperson for the Beirut International Film Festival, the film was banned because it had failed to secure a screening licence.


» – 12 October 2015:
LGBTI Film Banned From Lebanese Film Festival

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