SINGAPORE: The film, Sex.Violence.FamilyValues, which was banned from Singapore theatres last year, has been given an R21 rating with edits.
This follows an appeal to the Films Appeal Committee (FAC) by the producers — Ken Kwek and Tay Eu—Yen.
The FAC said on Friday that it decided on this after it took into account public complaints of the online trailer and the Media Development Authority’s (MDA) Film Classification Guidelines.
It said some of the racial references in the film are indeed offensive to the Indian community.
Therefore, the film may be shown under the R21 classification if these offensive references are removed.
In response, the MDA said it respects the R21 rating with edits.
But it stressed that content classification decisions are premised on the need to reflect societal values and norms at large, and these evolve with and over time.
It said there will always be divergent views and it is never possible for all segments of society to be satisfied with all classification decisions, thus the classification process provides avenues for all stakeholder interests to be heard.
The film director has been informed of the decision.
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