Pakistan Blocks Release Of Transgender Love Story ‘Joyland,’ Creator Seeks Workaround For Oscar Bid

Pakistan Blocks Release Of Transgender Love Story ‘Joyland,’ Creator Seeks Workaround For Oscar Bid


The first Pakistani movie to debut at Cannes Film Festival, “Joyland,” has been banned in its home country due to themes that the government deemed inappropriate.

“Joyland” got yanked from the schedule just one week before it was supposed to premiere in theaters, per CNN. The country’s Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) granted a certificate permitting the movie’s release as of this summer, but on Friday that decision changed.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued a notice saying “Joyland” was now “uncertified” due to the movie’s content, which features a transgender love story.

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The notice cited complaints accusing the film of having “highly objectionable material” that contradicts “social values and moral standards of our society.”

According to the movie’s page on the Cannes website, “Joyland” is

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