Singapore's SEX. VIOLENCE. FAMILYVALUES Banned For Racial Content

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Singapore's SEX. VIOLENCE. FAMILYVALUES Banned For Racial Content
Despite the individual short films that make up Ken Kwek's Sex. Violence. FamilyValues having already screened in festivals around the globe - where people apparently had no issue with the content - Singapore's Films Consultative Panel and the Media Development Authority have slapped the film with a Not For All Ratings judgement, or, in other words a ban.

At issue is not violence or sexual content - though it contains both - but humor based on race, particularly in one part of the three part picture (Porn Masala) in which two characters trade insults based on racial stereotypes. The MDA issued a statement on the decision saying "An overwhelming majority of the panel members have expressed that the film should not be allowed for public exhibition in view of its overt racial references, which are demeaning and offensive to Indians."

How do the filmmakers respond? Says producer Tay Eu-yen, "Sex.Violence.FamilyValues is a satire that discourages racism by portraying and attacking stereotypes. The film was made to cast irony on negative sexual, racial and familial assumptions that people tend to make."

Director Kwek is no newcomer to the industry having collaborated with the likes of acclaimed director Kelvin Tong and others as a writer and cinematographer. DOes it deserve the ban? Check the trailer below.

BANNED in Singapore: Sex.Violence.FamilyValues - theatrical trailer (cancelled) from Ken Kwek on Vimeo.

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