Banned and Popular

This part of the dOCUMENTA (13) film program pairs a film banned, censored or unauthorized by its own country of origin with a film from the same time and place that achieved local acclaim, either via box-office success or through the winning of popular awards and nominations.

By juxtaposing celebrated cultural artifacts with their withdrawn and
repressed twins, these pairings aim to weigh the attempts of those in
power to shape people through the regulation of “corrupting” influences
against a consideration of viewers’ rights to “make up their own mind”
when judging not only the value of an artwork, but also what kind of
culture they wish to subscribe to. These couplings visit multiple countries
and decades so as to provide a textured set of case studies.





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