S. Africa pic fest touts liberty

Censorship in South Africa will come under scrutiny at the weeklong Limits of Liberty film festival in Johannesburg, featuring movies that have pushed the limits of good taste and sexual explicitness.

Kicking off Wednesday, the festival will include a six-part retrospective on the works of Japanese director Nagisa Oshima, who also will deliver an address.

His more controversial works, including “Ai No Corrida,””Death by Hanging” and “Boy,” will form the centerpiece of the festival.

Two films sure to spark intensive debate on freedom of expression are British director Michael Winner’s “Dirty Weekend” and South African filmmaker Cedric Sundtrom’s “The Shadowed Mind.”

Censorship under the Calvinist white minority National Party government has been strict and stifling, but a new constitution that will come into effect after the country’s first all-race elections next month guarantees freedom of expression.

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