Nigeria: Filmmakers in court over “unauthorised” movie release

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Three filmmakers were summoned to the Kano State Censorship Board’s mobile court on 6 April 2016 in north-western Nigeria for the “unauthorised” release of their latest film ‘Ana Wata Ga Wata’, which was earlier banned by the board, reported newspaper Daily Trust on 6 April 2016.

The three filmmakers include the film’s director Ali Gumzak, producer Abdulazeez Dan Small and executive producer Nuhu Abdullahi.

Director general of the censorship board Alhaji Isma’il Afakallah said the film was banned because it was “against the religious and cultural values of the people of the state” and the online release of the film’s trailer caused an “uproar” in the state leading to the board receiving several complaints, reported newspaper Daily Post on 26 January 2016.

“Following complaints from the public, the board had no option than to ban the film from being released to the market even when it is completed. To our dismay, we found out that the owners of the movie have released it uncensored, Afakallah said.

The board’s mobile court has already fined one person 10,000 Naira (approx. $50 USD) for hawking copies of the film.


Sources

» Daily Trust – 6 April 2016:
Kannywood director, 2 others to appear before court over uncensored movies

» Daily Post – 26 January 2016:
Kano censorship board band release of controversial film


Related information

» Artsfreedom.org – 24 October 2013:
Nigeria: Filmmakers protest ‘double-censorship’

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