LONDON — Kurdish helmer Bahman Ghobadi, in New York for today’s opening of his film “Marooned in Iraq,” has learned that the pic has been banned by Malaysian censors who fear it may upset relations with Iraq.
The pic, about an Iranian Kurd whose wife is deformed by Saddam Hussein’s 1988 chemical attack on the Iraqi Kurds, was among 18 foreign and four local titles barred last week.
Ghobadi lost his uncle, aunt and cousin in the Iran/Iraq war and his sister was crippled.
Originally titled “Songs From My Homeland, Marooned in Iraq,” the pic played in the 2002 Cannes Un Certain Regard section.
Malaysia’s censors, headed by Datuk Shaari Mohamad Noor, have a stringent reputation. They recently outlawed the Sapphic kiss in “The Hours” and banned “Daredevil” as it encouraged youngsters to “hero worship someone with a devil-sounding name.”