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Qatar bans transgender film 'The Danish Girl'

Film was initially shown in Doha over the weekend

Qatar bans transgender film 'The Danish Girl'

Qatar has pulled the film ‘The Danish Girl’ from its cinemas following online complaints of ‘depravity’.

‘The Danish Girl’, starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, tells the story of Danish artist Einar Wegener, who transitioned to a woman named Lili Elbe after she was already married.

Elbe underwent the transition in the 1930s and became the first person known to have undergone gender reassignment surgery. The film also depicts the unusual love story between Lili and the woman who remained by her side, her wife, artist Gerda Wegener.

The film was initially screened in some cinemas in Doha last Thursday, but, following a series of complaints, officials decided to ban it from screens.

“We would like to inform you that we have contacted the concerned administration and the screening of the Danish film is now banned from cinemas. We thank you for your unwavering vigilance,” the culture ministry wrote on Twitter.

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