Friday, July 17, 2009

Censors refuse to classify One Nation Under Lee

The Board of Film Censors (BFC) has refused to classify One Nation Under Lee (ONUL). The video documentary, directed by visual artist and activist Seelan Palay, was submitted to the authorities in May (see here) as a political film.

In a hand-delivered letter, the BFC noted that ONUL contains excerpts from my video Zahari's 17 Years, which has been gazetted as a banned film under Section 35 of the Films Act. As such, the BFC will not classify ONUL.

They suggested that a alternative version of ONUL be submitted, one that do not contain any scenes from Zahari's 17 Years.

I hereby spell out the legal status of ONUL as such :

- It is not classified or rated.
- It is not gazetted as a ban.
- However, any possession, exhibition or distribution of ONUL constitutes a criminal offence as it contains excerpts of Zahari's 17 Years, a banned film.

It is probably the only video submisssion in BFC's history that has been deemed unclassifiable.

The letter makes no mention that a copy of ONUL was already in BFC's possession long before my submission in May. The censors had seized a copy during its premiere last year.

Meanwhile, my other video Singapore Rebel is currently undergoing review by the Political Films Consultative Committee (PFCC).


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Download One Nation Under Lee here.
Watch Zahari's 17 Years here.
Watch the confiscation of ONUL here and here.
Watch Singapore Rebel here.


* The BFC comes under the purview of the Media Development Authority (MDA). It's motto is "Creative Media, Connected Society."

Click on the letter to enlarge.

9 comments:

Alan Wong said...

If MDA is unable to classify the film, then why do we still need MDA ?

To serve as censor for LKY ?

famiLee business said...

Perhaps a change of title to
"One Big FamiLee Business" or

"No Nation under FamiLee" or

"Lee Con You Nation".

no nation under Lee said...

MM Lee says Singapore needs to do more to achieve nationhood.
What a laugh !

How to ? when you put in place a sham election system, 81 stooges as MPs, laughable laws + laughable interpretation of such laws, media with no credibility, skewed system of justice, a family business masquerading as a country, policies that disadvantage Spore born males.

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Anonymous said...

There is nothing to stop you from resubmitting 17 Years for classification again. The censors will be forced to look at it again and do work instead of relying on precedent. If you don't resubmit they happily choose the easy way out, hence this letter you got from MDA.

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