Sam Levy's Village boycotts Fifty Shades of Grey

HARARE - Ster-Kinekor Sam Levy’s Village says it will not screen a heavily censored version of the erotic film Fifty Shades of Grey which premiered in most countries yesterday.

Several erotic scenes in the movie, which was adapted from a 2011 novel by British Author E.L. James, were reportedly cut out by the Zimbabwe Censorship Board.

Other Ster-Kinekor outlets throughout the country have, however, resolved to screen the movie despite the heavy censorship subjected to it.

Ster-Kinekor Sam Levy’s Village announced the decision to boycott the screening of the racy movie on their Facebook page.

“The film Fifty Shades of Grey …will not be screened at Ster-Kinekor Sam Levy’s Village. The Zimbabwe Censorship Board has denied certification to screen the film, in its original form, based on the explicit nature of intimate scenes contained within the movie,” read part of the statement.

“It was felt that heavy censorship would compromise the integrity of the film and thus, a decision has been made by Ster-Kinekor Sam Levy’s Village not to screen the film within its complex.”

The Sam Levy’s Village movie venue was quick to point out that it is independent from other Ster-Kinekor outlets even though they share the same name.

“We are aware that other Ster-Kinekor complexes in Zimbabwe have advertised the arrival of the film in anticipation that a certificate to screen would be issued. In order to avoid confusion, please be advised, that Ster-Kinekor Sam Levy’s Village is owned and managed separately,” continued the statement.

When the Daily News called Ster-Kinekor Sam Levy’s Village for more clarification, an official who refused to identify herself referred the paper to the Facebook post.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Censorship Board secretary Isaac Chiranganyika has confirmed that it ordered the removal of several scenes.

“Some of the scenes were too indecent, so the board asked them to censor them out. Our position right now is that they said they would remove the scenes .If they manage to take out the scenes, they will be allowed to screen the movie,” he said.

The movie, which stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, is the first installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.

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