Zero Dark Thirty Ban

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Ban: Film Receives Backlash In Pakistan

Zero Dark Thirty has been unofficially banned in Pakistan.

Although the film has yet to officially screen in the country, officials have already lashed out at the controversial motion picture due to its portrayal of Pakistan. According to NBC News, the film is widely available as both a physical bootleg and a pirated download.

Mohsin Yaseen, general manager of the largest movie theater chain in Pakistan, said he had no intention of purchasing Zero Dark Thirty for his cinemas. Although Yaseen sited piracy as one of the major reasons for passing on the film, he added that the film’s portrayal of his people and his country also played a role in the decision.

He explained:

“As a local distributor, there was no financial viability for me. The film was already widely available in the [pirated] DVD market. But as a film buff, the movie was inaccurate about Pakistan. If you’re going to say something about a complicated part of the world, then you should say it right.”

While the film hasn’t received an official release, these bootleg copies of Zero Dark Thirty are essentially contributing to the backlash and the unofficial ban.

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