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Pakistan Province Bans Film about Trans Character

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image A woman walks past a promotional board for the film "Joyland" in Lahore, Pakistan, November 16, 2022. © 2022 K.M. Chaudary/AP Photo On November 17, the government of Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, banned “Joyland,” the story of a young man in Pakistan who falls in love with a transgender woman. The film, which has received both critical acclaim and popular praise abroad, is Pakistan’s official entry for the 2023 Academy Awards. Pakistan’s federal government had earlier banned the film for containing “highly objectionable material” and for going against “morality…


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