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20th September
2008
  

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Nutters call for cinema boycott of Hounddog and Towelhead

Hounddog poster Nutters are calling for a box office boycott of two films that feature inexplicit sex scenes involving young girls.

Hounddog , starring 14-year-old Dakota Fanning, drew controversy when it appeared at the Sundance Film Festival last year for its scene depicting the rape of a pre-teen girl.

A second film, Towelhead , stars Summer Bishil, an 18-year-old actress portraying a 13-year-old girl who experiences her sexual awakening on screen.

This is abhorrent and abusive, said Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission: We are calling on people to avoid these movies, to tell other people not to see it.

Baehr said the movies are damaging to the child actresses filming the explicit scenes, as well as the public at large: There are two sides of it. The side of actual abuse to the actress and promoting or condoning these activities .

Family and women's nutters have been especially active in North Carolina, where the controversial child-rape scene in Hounddog was filmed. Baehr said Hounddog received nearly $400,000 in tax credits funded by state citizens.

Baehr has joined the No More Child Porn campaign, run by Donna Mille of Concerned Women for America, a coalition of conservative women who promote Biblical values and family traditions. They are a part of about 200 smaller groups around the country who have joined the protest.

A spokesman for Warner Independent Pictures, which released Towelhead " said, Our film deals with a girl's coming of age. He said that the art-house production is rated R, and will be released Friday in select cities across the country: It is a movie like any other movie. It's an adaptation of a novel and a novel that was a New York Times best seller.

 

11th October
2008
  

Update: Censorhead...

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Towelhead movie may miss out the Middle East

Towelhead poster A hollywood movie starring a former Bahrain resident will not be screened in Bahrain, it has emerged.

It is understood that distributors have withheld Towelhead , featuring rising American star Summer Bishil, from release in certain parts of the Middle East.

The film, which was won worldwide acclaim, is based on a novel by Alicia Erian and tells the story of a young Arab-American girl sent to live with her estranged Lebanese father, during the 1990 Gulf War.

Summer, aged 20, plays Jasira, a 13-year-old girl who is forced to deal with racism and xenophobia amidst discovering her adolescent sexuality.

For some reason, distributors of the Hollywood movie Towelhead decided against having it screened in Bahrain, Bahrain Cinema Company marketing and public relations head Sunil Balan said: The distributors could have their own reason for this, one including that it may not have got across the censor board.

Towelhead has also sparked controversy with its title, which is reportedly a derogatory term referring to Arabs.