A film distributor in mostly Muslim Malaysia
- where movies on sensitive issues are often banned - will try to show Steven Spielberg's Munich
despite its Israeli focus.
United International Pictures, which has distribution rights for both movies, said Thursday it will apply to Malaysia's state-run Film Censorship board for approval of Munich
, which depicts the aftermath of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics.
Because of Malaysia's Muslim majority population, the government is cautious about Israeli and Jewish topics, and had initially banned Schindler's List
, Spielberg's Oscar-winning epic on the World War II holocaust.
Malaysian censors banned Schindler's List
in 1993, calling it Zionist propaganda. They later lifted the ban following public appeals, but said scenes with nudity and violence must be cut. The film was never screened because Spielberg insisted it be shown in its entirety.
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