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Why S’pore is shooting itself in the foot with censorship: @MDASingapore

Why S’pore is shooting itself in the foot with censorship: @MDASingapore

In the United States in 1896, Thomas Edison released The Kiss , one of the first-ever films and the first motion picture of a kiss. For many, the 47-second actuality film was seen as an abomination to morality and critiqued as “absolutely disgusting”. Subsequently, after many complaints of indecency, the National Board of Censorship was created about 15 years later in order to police this new fresh-faced art form. Throughout the following century, the medium helped tell stories, mold human culture and took people to worlds that were impossible to get to before. In 2012 (116 years later!), local film-maker Ken Kwek’s film, Sex.Violence.FamilyValues was set to premiere as Singapore’s first and only theatrically-released short film. Originally, the Cathay Cinemas-acquired film received an M18 rating. But three days before its debut, the MDA rescinded its decision and banned i...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2014/09/why-spore-is-shooting-itself...

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