LEBANON: Censors pull plug on screenings of Iranian protest film during Ahmadinejad visit
LA Times
13-Oct-2010 (one comment)

As the Middle East braces for the controversial visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Lebanon this week, censors in Beirut are trying to make sure his visit goes smoothly.

They have put a halt to screenings of a documentary film about opposition protests in Iran that were due to coincide with Ahmadinejad's visit, according to a source, apparently in deference to Ahmadinejad and his entourage.

The movie, titled "Green Days" and directed by 22-year-old Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf, was reportedly scheduled to be shown at the annual Beirut International Film Festival in the Lebanese capital on Wednesday, the first day of Ahmadinejad's two-day visit to Lebanon.

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A similar thing happened

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A similar thing happened here in the United States, over Oliver Stone's documentary on Fidel Castro.

Thing is, it wasn't postponed. Instead, it was never distributed to theaters, as a result of censor-like political pressure.