'Pakistan Bans Oscar Contender ‘Joyland’

Contender ‘Joyland’

The government

of Pakistan has banned Saim Sadiq’s Oscar contender “Joyland” for containing “highly objectionable” material

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Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting says that the country’s censor board had granted

Variety reached

out to Sadiq and the film’s producers who are offering no comment at this

Set in

Lahore, Pakistan, “Joyland” revolves around Haider, the youngest son of the middle-class, patriarchal Rana family

As the

Ranas yearn for the birth of a baby boy, Haider secretly joins an erotic dance

Their love

story illuminates the secrets and desires of the entire Rana family

The film

debuted at the Un Certain Regard strand at Cannes earlier this year, where it won

Nobel laureate

Malala Yousafzai has joined the project as an executive producer

It is

Pakistan’s entry in the Oscars’ international feature category

On Friday,

it won the Asia Pacific Screen Awards’ young cinema award, given in partnership with critics’

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