CAPE TOWN’S LABIA THEATER UNILATERALLY CANCELED THE SCREENING OF A PRO-PEACE FILM, ROADMAP TO APARTHEID, ABOUT THE ISRAEL/PALESTINE CONFLICT
The boycott will be one of the measures against a Cinema that, having agreed with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in February 2012, and subsequently with the Right2Know campaign to a free showing of the film on 7 June, 2012:
- Unilaterally cancelled BOTH agreements in February and with the Right2Know on 5th June
- Acknowledged its breach of contract
- Explained that this was because, without Israel’s position being presented, the necessary ‘balance’ would not be available, since the Zionist Federation had declined the Right2Know invitation to be part of a Panel discussion immediately after the film
- Padlocked the entire cinema on the evening of the 7June, without explanation or apology, thus excluding members of the public who had come to see the films, as advertised
- Sets the most dangerous precedent of not only requiring ‘balance’, should any person or group take offence to any particular film, but effectively giving the right of veto to any such person or group by merely declining the most generous invitation to provide balance
We feel it is outrageous for any cinema to behave in such a way, particularly the Labia Theater, which should live up to its reputation of being the oldest independent cinema in South Africa showing alternative films.
OPPOSE THE LABIA’S CENSORSHIP AND DENIAL OF OUR RIGHT TO INFORMATION AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. Support our demands that the Labia Cinema management:
- Apologises to the PSC and the South African public.
- Unconditionally lifts its ban and screens the film “Roadmap to Apartheid”