Here’s another silly act of censorship by the Lebanese authorities. Submarine, a movie by Mounia Akl, that tells the story of a Beirut that is still dealing with a trash crisis is apparently being censored in Lebanon. The reason why the movie won’t be screening is not clear but Akl is saying it could be related to the garbage scenes and Beirut being portrayed negatively.
The funny/sad part is that “Submarine” is being praised abroad, has made it to the “Official Selection at the 69th Cannes Film Festival – Cinefondation Competition” and has won Jury prize at Dubai International Film Festival.
Here’s the trailer:
And the director’s comment on the ban:
Just when you thought Lebanon could not receive more negative publicity.
Seriously, does that director realize that the tourist season is just two months away?