Pakistan Bans Their Oscar Contender Film ‘Joyland’: Says the Intersex-Centric Movie Is “Repugnant”!

| 14-11-2022 11:52 AM 19
Pakistan Bans Their Oscar Contender Film Joyland

Pakistani official Oscar-entry film ‘Joyland’ has been by their own Pakistani government. The reason is said to be the highly objectionable and repugnant content of a movie dealing with intersexual and transgender characters.

Joyland Banned: ‘Joyland’ is a Pakistani movie that first premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2022. It is the first Pakistani film to be released at the Cannes Film Festival.

Storyline of Pakistani film ‘Joyland’

Making his directorial debut, this Saim Sadiq film stars Rasti Farooq, Sarwat Gilani, Sohail Sameer, Sania Saeed, and Ali Junejo. ‘Joyland’ is a sensitive film that deals with the concept of gender, sex, identity, and love amidst strict patriarchal laws. 

Film Joyland


Banning of ‘Joyland’

After receiving critical acclaim, the filmmaker decided to release the film in Pakistani. ‘Joyland’ was scheduled to release on 18th November but before that, the Pakistani government imposed a ban on the film. 

Reason for Banning ‘Joyland’

After giving the green light for its release, Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting reversed its own decision and banned ‘Joyland’. 
The statement said, “Written complaints were received that the film contains highly objectionable material which do not conform with the social values and moral standards of our society and is clearly repugnant to the norms of ‘decency and morality’ as laid down in Section 9 of the Motion Picture Ordinance, 1979”.

The order added, “Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 9(2) (a) of the said Ordinance and after conducting a comprehensive inquiry, the Federal Government declares the feature film titled ‘Joyland’ as an uncertified film for the whole of Pakistan in the cinemas which fall under the jurisdiction of CBFC with immediate effect”.

Team Joyland


Reaction After Banning ‘Joyland’

Director Saim Sadiq wrote a long post regarding the banning of his Oscar contender film. Saim captioned “Please help us in by getting our voice to #ReleaseJoyland seen and heard by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Minister”.

Stay tuned with Mayapuri for the latest news in the entertainment industry.