Uganda has banned a Dutch film because it “glorifies homosexuality” and features scenes of sexual intercourse as well as alcohol consumption and smoking.
News of the ban was released by the Dutch Embassy in Kampala, which on Facebook published the Uganda Media Council’s objections to “De Eetclub,” or “The Dinner Club.”
The film, directed by Robert Jan Westdijk, was released in 2010. The Internet Movie Database describes it as a “drama, thriller,” and a trailer for the film contains some mild nudity.
The Netherlands’s embassy had been due to screen the film as part of the Euro-Uganda Film Festival on Tuesday but had to cancel the show because of the ban.
The Dutch Embassy wrote that it “deplores” the move to ban the film and would pull out of the festival in response. Comments from Ugandans on Facebook suggested a split in views about the ban, with some saying Kampala was within its rights to ban the film and others suggesting that the decision went too far.
On social media, some Dutch users appeared surprised by the controversy over a film many had forgotten about. “Reviewers in 2010: Why was this god-awful film ever made?” one wrote. “Now: Ah, to piss off homophobes in Uganda. Gotcha.”
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