The Dictator Banned in Kazakhstan
June 1. RIA Novosti. ALMATY
The latest film by British comic actor, Sacha Baron Cohen, The Dictator, has been pulled from movie theaters in Kazakhstan, two weeks after it premiered in the Central Asian republic.
The film has been dropped from cinema schedules in the capital, Almaty, distributors confirmed to RIA Novosti. Kazakh authorities have not commented.
It was earlier banned in nearby Tajikistan due to the “mentality of the people,” the country’s only distributor said.
The film follows Admiral General Aladeen, leader of the fictitious North African Republic of Wadia.
In 2006, Kazakhstan banned another Cohen comedy, Borat, which followed Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev as he travelled to the U.S. on a mission to learn lessons for his country.
But despite threatening legal action at the time, last month the Almaty government thanked Cohen for boosting tourism in the country.
Borat was at the center of controversy again in March when a spoof national anthem from the film was played at a sports event in Kuwait by mistake.