The Embassy of the Netherlands in Uganda has expressed shock at a decision by Uganda Media Council [UMC] to ban a Dutch gay film from exhibiting at the European Film Festival in Kampala.
“Screening Dutch film for European Film Festival, “The Dinner Club”, has been cancelled,” the embassy said in a statement in response to an earlier statement released by Uganda Media Council in reference to “the various thematic and technical elements as portrayed in the film”:
In its statement, UMC said the film depicts and glorifies homosexuality citing an instance where two women say “its hard work to get married to men”.
The council also cites scenes of deep kissing, galloping alcohol, smoking, steamy sex scenes making the “Dinner Club” almost a brothel.
The council further cites a lurid language like “you are a hot chick” and the words “bastard” used by women in the movie, nudity and scenes of wine drinking.
This did not rub the Dutch embassy the right way. “Unfortunately, the Embassy has to announce that the screening of the Dutch entrance for the European Film Festival, the film “The Dinner Club” has been cancelled.”
“The Uganda Media Council denied the film a classification rating and decided that the film should not be exhibited anywhere in Uganda,” the embassy went on.
It added: “The Embassy deplores the decision of the Uganda Media Council and it will withdraw from participation in the European Film Festival in Uganda.”
Directed by Robert Jan Westdijk, The Dinner Club, tells the story of Karen (32) and Michel (36) who move with their daughter to an exclusive residential area. She soon finds a new close circle of friends: the women of the Dinner Club, and their husbands.
But when two of the Club members commit suicide under suspicious circumstances, Karen starts to have second thoughts about her new friends. She has to choose: will she reveal the truth and dish the dirt, or will she protect the interests of the Dinner Club?