Calls for more censorship in UAE cinemas

The Wolf of Wall Street among films causing concern

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

Hot on the heels of debates on cinema censorship in the UAE, sparked by the release of Leonardo DiCaprio’s award-winning The Wolf of Wall Street, a new survey has revealed strong pro-censorship views among Arab adults in the region. According to research by Northerwestern University in Qatar, in partnership with Doha Film Institute, 69 percent of adults surveyed in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and the UAE believed there should be more regulation of romantic content in films and TV shows, while 74 percent said there should be more censorship of violence. In addition, 65 percent of Arabs said they want more content portraying their own culture and history. Whether this will translate into more funding for film and the arts in the Emirates is yet to be seen.

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