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Imperilling the Prestige of the White Woman

1926

India

The representation of white women on-screen provided a significant source of tension in early debates on film censorship in India. Prior to the 1927 Indian Cinematograph Committee (ICC), the British Social Hygiene Council sent a delegation to India in 1926.
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Royal Commission into the Moving Picture Industry

1927
Royal Commission into the Moving Picture Industry

Australia

A Royal Commission into the film industry recommended the introduction of a Commonwealth Film Censorship Board, a woman censor, and that the Board indicate whether film content was suitable for everyone or only for adults.
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Indian Cinematograph Committee

1928
Indian Cinematograph Committee

India

The 1928 Report of the Indian Cinematograph Committee (“Report”) has been described as “the most comprehensive document extant on the formation of a film industry in a non-Western country”.
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Film Censorship Statute

1930
Film Censorship Statute

China

China’s first Film Censorship Statute was announced in November 1930 and enacted in January 1931. This was the first Chinese film regulation that had the status of law and which had national reach in its application.
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The Silence of Dean Maitland

2020
The Silence of Dean Maitland

Australia

One of the most successful Australian productions of the 1930s was almost censored for exportation by Chief Censor Cresswell O’Reilly.
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Miss Frontier Mail

1936
Miss Frontier Mail

India

Starring the “Indian Pearl White” Fearless Nadia (Australia-born Mary Ann Evans or Mary Evans Wadia) and directed by her husband Homi Wadia, Miss Frontier Mail was the third film in the Diamond Thriller series.
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47 Ronin

1941
47 Ronin

Japan

Directed by the revered Kenji Mizoguchi, The 47 Rōnin (Genroku Chūshingura Parts I and II) is the second of many film productions depicting one of Japan’s most well known historical stories.
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All India Radio Controversy

1943
All India Radio Controversy

India

All India Radio (AIR) is India’s public radio broadcasting service, established in 1930 as Indian State Broadcasting Service and renamed as All India Radio in the year of its first news bulletin, 1936.
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Shakuntala

1943
Shakuntala

India

Shakuntala is a costume drama directed by V. Shantaram, the founder and former director of Prabhat Film Company and subsequently a member of the 1951 Film Enquiry Committee.
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Indian News Parade

1943
Indian News Parade

India

The British Government in India produced 126 issues of the weekly India News Parade between 1943 and 1946.
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