Sara Balabagan Story (film)

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Date: 1997

Region: Asia

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Film Video


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Artist: Joel Lamangan, director

Confronting Bodies: Philippino, Emirati, and various Islamic officials

Dates of Action: March 1997

Location: Manila, Philippines

Description of Artwork: The film, Sarah Balabagan Story, is about a Filipina maid who escaped execution for murder in United Arab Emirates in 1994.

The Incident: Officials from the UAE expressed concern for Emirates-Philippino relations and for the safety of the 80,000 Philippinos living in the country if the film is shown. In addition, Muslim groups petitioned the Philippino government to cancel the film's screening. They claimed it was "a disgrace to the high morality of Muslim women."

Results of Incident: The Philippino president, Ramos, deferred the films release.

Source: Index on Censorship, 3/97