Borat Will Not Speak Russian
Being multilingual and speaking French, German and Spanish in dubbed films, Borat will not have Russian as one of his languages. The film about the adventures of a Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev was banned for distribution to Russia’s cinemas, as reports The Moscow Times. Apparently, the audience, particularly, certain nationalities and religions can be offended by the film, according to Yury Vasyuchkov, head of the Federal Culture and Cinematography Agency’s department that refused to license the film for distribution to theaters. This is the first non-pornographic film to be banned in Russia, says distributor “20th Century Fox”.
This is an interesting news taking that Kazakhstan itself did not ban the film, and, as the Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman claims, did not ask Russia to do it.
BBC Russian has comments on this news, and some of them are a curious reading. Check these two out:
“Stop advertising him… He has got enough money, good for him! Those who want to watch the film will still do it via Internet… I think it is right to ban it though, Kazakhstan is our good neighbour, we should not make fun of good neighbours. If only Borat made a film about Georgia…”, by [YuryNik], Parma, Italy.
“Respect to Russia for banning the disgusting film. Freedom of one’s fist ends near one’s face, in the same way, artistic freedom does not mean one can insult the whole countries…”, by Rossiski kazha, Texas, USA.
I am only wondering if Uzbekistan will show the film now.