Culture Matters

Don’t get lost in translation

Culture Matters

Don’t get lost in translation

Culture Matters

Don’t get lost in translation

Culture Matters

Don’t get lost in translation

Ontario Changes its Film Ratings System

In a move to modernize the age-rating system for movies in Ontario, Canada, the provincial government recently proposed the ‘Film Content Information Act 2020’ as part of the Budget Bill that does away with General, Parental Guidance, 14 Accompaniment, 18 Accompaniment and Restricted age ratings. The new act would replace the Film Classification Act, 2005. In recent years, the Ontario Film Review Board (OFRB) – a film classification body run by the Ontario Film Authority, a nonprofit organization, appears to have fallen behind in assigning...

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Indian Government Regulates OTT Platforms

The latest Media and Entertainment Outlook 2020 report by PwC states India is currently the world’s fastest growing OTT market, and is positioned to become the world’s sixth-largest by 2024. This means India is likely to overtake South Korea, Germany, and Australia in OTT revenue. Sizable investments by Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ Hotstar and other players in both originals and licensed content is expected to make up 93% of total OTT revenue. This is good news in terms of consumer choices. It also means that with the increased flow of content,...

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Phallic Fantasies from Amazon’s ‘The Boys’

In the oversaturated Superhero content market, it is rare for heroes to go against the epitomized image of squeaky-clean role models with godlike powers who save us from menacing villains just in the nick of time. Enter “The Boys.” Amazon’s hit show takes this notion and turns it on its head. In the series, Vought International presents to the world, “The Seven.” These corporate Supes (short for superheroes), polished tip to toe are not dissimilar from carefully designed happy meals that conformists consume on a nice platter. Unlike Marvel...

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Facebook Is Not Having It: New Turkish Social Media Rules

Turkey enacted a new social media rule Oct. 1, 2020, and several social media platforms are not happy about it. The law “requires [companies] to establish a formal presence within the country” which will increase the companies’ “liability for harmful content.” Originally passed through parliament in July, the law also requires companies to appoint a Turkish representative to respond to content complaints and implement court orders. According to local authorities, the law exists to “fight internet crime and determine liability.” This...

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Indian Defence Ministry Attempts to Censor OTT Content

An erotic comedy series on ALTBalaji, an OTT platform in India, recently invited the ire of the Indian Defence Ministry. The ministry objects to certain scenes in “XXX” and expressed its concern in letters to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The Defence Ministry contends that that the Indian Army uniform is disrespected and depicted in a negative light that hurts those personnel currently serving and veterans. In one particularly contentious scene, the adulterous wife of an army officer has her boyfriend wear her husband’s...

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‘Cuties’: How a Poster Ignited a Controversy

On Sept. 9, the coming-of-age drama “Cuties,” was released on Netflix in the U.S. The company bought worldwide rights (excluding France) to the film and in January 2020 it premiered at Sundance, winning the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. The film is translated in to more than 40 languages and is available in 190 territories. In France, it was released Aug. 19 by Bac Films, who handled French rights. At Sundance, the film was well received by an international audience that included many Americans. In France—where it was rated suitable for...

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Video Game Ratings Can Bump from T to M at the Drop of DLC

Ratings are a tricky business, with each country having its own set of rules. Throw in the fact that movies, television shows, and video games each have their own set of rating guidelines and you could be reading the specs for ages. In North America, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is responsible for rating video games for mass consumption. Parents want to know exactly what kind of game they are buying for their children, and on the other end of the spectrum, critics want to know how to review games for their fans. Or, you...

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Disney+ Could Get R-Rated Content

In the oceanic depths of online content, there was a tiny litigious rodent named Mickey Mouse that consumed corporate giants to monopolize its stronghold on streaming platforms. When Mickey isn’t floating around on his corporate steamboat Willie enjoying the excesses of his luxurious frugal billionaire lifestyle, this chauvinistic rat is pedaling G-rated content to millions of children all across the world with his new streaming service Disney+. Children’s parents religiously subscribe to monthly subscription fees to keep their children glued...

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The Mulan Controversy

Disney’s new film “Mulan” has become a worldwide sensation, but not for the reasons one might think. The live-action film has generated an unusual amount of political debate. “Mulan,” directed by Niki Caro, is Disney’s remake of its 1998 animated film, based on the classic Chinese ballad. Due to the pandemic, the studio released the film on its streaming service Disney+, with plans to screen the film theatrically in countries where cinemas are open. After keeping quiet calls to boycott the film dominated social media, top Disney brass...

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Diktat for Content Creators in Nigeria

Nigeria is located on the western coast of Africa. The country has been home to a number of ancient pre-colonial states and kingdoms over the millennia. Modern Nigeria originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century. Nigeria’s most diverse feature is its people; there are more than 250 ethnic groups with over 500 distinct languages all identifying with a wide variety of cultures. Nigeria’s filmmaking community, informally known as Nollywood, has a history dating back to the late 19th century and into the colonial era in...

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