Authorities in Jamaica have banned a movie ‘with strong lesbian scenes’ which featured Dominican actress, Germina Jno Baptiste and Jamaican, Caroline Brown.
The Collywood production, Hated 2 Death, is a controversial movie which was filmed two years ago in Jamaica and was due to be released in various cinemas next month but the film board on that Caribbean island has effectively shut it down.
No reason was given as to why the decision was taken to ban the film.
“I am very upset … we are supposed to be living in a democratic world,” CEO of Collywood, Junior Hart, told DNO. “What right has Jamaica got to ban this movie … Jamaica is one of the most violent places in the world.”
Hart said Hated 2 Death is a true story of two lesbians who were brutally murdered in 2006 by one the girls’ boyfriend. Their bodies were found in a cesspit toilet outside the house where the murders were committed. The matter has since drawn international attention to Jamaica since the boyfriend has not been arrested although he has given himself up to the police.
The Collywood CEO said the movie premiered in the south coast of Jamaica to “record crowds” and it has caused a stir among the authorities and the church on that island.
“I strongly believe they don’t want this movie because it will be like opening a can of worms,” he said.
Hated 2 Death hase now been placed on Collywood’s global platform where it can be seen on subscription at www.collywoodcinemas.com.
Jno Baptiste is the first Dominican actress to appear in a Jamaican movie.