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Report: Cave Hill Film Society cancels season over Barbados Censorship Board

UPDATED: See EDITOR’S NOTE at bottom…

Barbados Free Press received the following from an anonymous source through a European proxy service. Is it the truth? There’s nothing about this on the CHFS website.

Let’s hear from our readers…

Dear Members and Friends of the Cave Hill Film Society,

We regret to inform you that the CHFS has had to be called off for the rest of the semester. The reason is the Barbados Censorship Board, who now wants to screen all the movies before they are shown by us, in order to tell us if a certain movie my harm our morals or not.

They demand the payment of a fee, and we would have to make a projection room and a technician available to them. Right now, we don’t have the time and the money to subject us/the movies to the Censorship Board. This might sound silly in a democratic and academic environment, but that is the law in Barbados, which we all must obey.

We were in touch with them four weeks ago and send them an email, which they promised to answer asap, informing if any of our movies scheduled for the semester were already screened by them. No answer up to now.

Right now, we are checking on ways to continue the CHFS, perhaps even
without the hassle of a Censorship Board, but these measures cannot be put in place immediately; we have to further investigate those possibilities.

We would be grateful if you should have any helpful advice or suggestion.

If you have already paid for the whole semester, you have the right to get a refund of 50%. You can contact (name removed by Barbados Free Press editor)

Best regards,

CHFS Committee

BARBADOS FREE PRESS EDITOR’S NOTE…

We have removed the name that was originally included in this anonymously sent email as we understand that the person had nothing to do with the creation or distribution of this email.

While the email did not state this person was the author and only gave their name as a resource, some readers mistakenly believed that the person was the author.

We have removed the person’s name as they are an innocent party and are wrongly taking criticism for something they had no part in.

Marcus for BFP

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Barbados Film Censorship Board bans Black Swan

UPDATED: February 23, 2011

Censors decide adult Bajans mature enough to see Lesbian Love scene.

Ahhhh… but if the scene involved two men… what then?

The old folks at the Film Censorship Board are so predictable.

Details at Barbados Today: Green Light for Black Swan

BFP’s original article…

We don’t know if the ballet horror film Black Swan was banned for violence, sex or a combination of the two. Ho hum. It will be out on satellite or DVD before you know it.

Sure, we have to have standards over what is shown in public, but when adults pay their money and walk into the Olympus Theatre to see a film that they know might offend some, that’s hardly the place for normal government intervention or regulation. Continue reading

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