Uganda: Dutch film banned for ‘glorifying homosexuality’

Uganda’s Media Council banned the screening of 2010 Dutch film ‘De Eetclub’ (The Dinner Club) because it “depicts and glorifies homosexuality” and includes scenes of nudity, drinking, smoking and the use of “lurid language”, the Dutch Embassy in Uganda revealed in a Facebook post on 15 May 2017.

The film was scheduled to be screened on 16 May 2017 as part of the country’s third edition of the Euro-Uganda Film Festival from 10-19 May.

The embassy “deplored” the ban and withdrew its participation from the festival, explaining that the media council denied the film a classification rating, meaning it would not be allowed to be screened anywhere in the country.

In the media council’s list of objections, the regulatory body made note that homosexuality is a “criminal offence” in Uganda.

See the full list of objections here as posted by the Dutch Embassy on its Facebook page:


» Article 19 – 23 May 2017
Uganda: Media Council bans screening of film for “glorifying homosexuality”

» The Washington Post – 16 May 2017
Uganda bans ‘steamy’ Dutch film as it ‘glorifies homosexuality’

» BBC – 16 May 2017
Uganda bans Dutch film for ‘glorifying homosexuality’

» Pink News – 16 May 2017
Uganda blocks film screening over ‘criminal’ gay references

» Facebook – 15 May 2017
Embassy of the Netherlands in Uganda post

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