Meet the CensorsHåvard Fossum

Much has been written about censorship: what and who can or should be censored ... Håvard Fossum flips it around and goes in search of the censors, the people who delete and rewrite. What is their motivation? What criteria do they use? Meet the Censors reveals the secret lives of those who determine what can be said or written on a daily basis, from China to Europe, from Africa to Iran.

The headquarters of the South Sudanese army, a film censorship committee in India, a Chinese newsroom, an Iranian Ayatollah, and a somewhat obscure organization behind German social media. Special places where censorship is a daily occurrence. Director Håvard Fossum delves deep into the secrets of censors to hear their side of the story. Is censorship really the cure for social chaos? Or is the motivation for this approach a lot more complicated? Meet the Censors highlights the importance of free speech and objectivity and at the same time thinks critically about what this entails.

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Directed by Håvard Fossum
2020 100 min.
Chinese, English, German, Persian
Subtitles: English




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