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  • Tom O’Neil
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    Monday morning aroung 10:45 a.m. ET I’ll be on CNN talking about China and Thailand pulling “Hunger Games” for fear of it inspiring real political rebellions.

    What are examples of when that has actually happened? I guess you can say that the anti-war film “MASH” helped to fuel anti-Vietnam sentiment (even though it was about Korea) and got them into the streets. What are other examples of movies getting people whipped up against their gov’ts and they rebelled? Anti-Vietnam movies like Deer Hunter etc. don’t count because the war was long over by then …

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    OnTheAisle
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    Nothing stirred the pot like the Oscar winning documentary Hearts and Minds. In 1974, a year before the end of the Vietnam War, the polarizing film shocked viewers and the acceptance speech from the filmmaker reading a telegram from Viet Cong Ambassador Dinh Ba Thi.

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    Monday morning aroung 10:45 a.m. ET I’ll be on CNN talking about China and Thailand pulling “Hunger Games” for fear of it inspiring real political rebellions.

    What are examples of when that has actually happened? I guess you can say that the anti-war film “MASH” helped to fuel anti-Vietnam sentiment (even though it was about Korea) and got them into the streets. What are other examples of movies getting people whipped up against their gov’ts and they rebelled? Anti-Vietnam movies like Deer Hunter etc. don’t count because the war was long over by then …

    Did M*A*S*H actually lead people to protest? I find that hard to believe. It is a stupid comedy that doesn’t have any real pathos to it at all.  

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    Nessie
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    Costa Gavras’ Z.

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    BTN
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    Man of Iron in Poland. Very controversial.

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    Macbeth
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    I live in South Africa, and between 1948 and 1994, the country was under a vicious tyrannical ideology known as Apartheid, designed to keep all races seperate, and was based on the ideas of white superiority, much like what happened in the USA, but it was much more difficult to enforce Apartheid, because the majority of population of South Africa was non-white. As time went on, around the late 1960s, when the Civil Rights Movement in America began, the Apartheid government worried that South Africans would do the same and riot and take on the government. To prevent this, the government banned all music, TV shows and movies that would potentially cause uproar and cause citizens to rise up. Many movies were banned in an effort to sedate the population and keep them from getting too many ideas. The Apartheid government was very strict, banning all movies that were even vaguely counter-culture – Up in Smoke, A Clockwork Orange, Monty Python films. The most notable banned film was Cry Freedom, which was set in South Africa and showed Apartheid in a vicious light. It was too honest, and would without a doubt cause major unrest. Even though it was banned for nearly a decade before being released under the democratic rule of Nelson Mandela, it did cause rifts in society down here, mainly through all the publicity around it and the countless books and articles written about it. There were many films and TV shows that the government feared would cause trouble, so they banned all of it (the recent documentary Searching for Sugarman tells the story of Rodriguez and his career in South Africa perfectly, including how they would scratch records to prevent protest)

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    Choice Chayawat
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    In Thailand, only one movie chain has pulled Mockingjay for fear of this group of protesters’ use of violence at its theaters. The film is still showing at other cinemas nationwide.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/what-cnn-isnt-saying-about-thailands-hunger-games-protest/5415600

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