Censored Ararat to Hit Turkish Screens Mid January

ANKARA–A Turkish minister said on Saturday he was in favor of allowing a controversial movie on the mass killings of Armenia’s under the Ottoman Empire to be screened in the country–but played it down as "ridiculous propaganda," AP reported–quoting the Turkish Anatolia news agency.

Culture and Tourism Minister Erkan Mumcu said he welcomed a decision by a cinema watchdog group to allow the movie "Ararat" to be shown in Turkish theaters.

"If some people are curious–they can go and see it… According to information I have… it is a film which is very much didactic and can even be described as ridiculous propaganda," Mumcu said in the southern town of Kemer–according to Anatolia.

The daily Hurriyet quoted Mumcu as saying that "one or two scenes of offensive quality" have been taken out in the film–which is expected to hit the screens in mid-January. Belge Film–the Turkish company that imported Ararat–had said earlier that the cinema watchdog group had decided to cut scenes depicting Turks raping Armenian women.

The film Ararat deals with the estranged members of a contemporary Armenian family–who face both Turkey’s denial of genocide and individual plights.

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