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Bahamas outlaws Brokeback movie
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain
A love affair between two cowboys is the focus of Brokeback Mountain
A decision to ban Brokeback Mountain from cinemas in the Bahamas has sparked outrage from gay rights groups.

The Bahamian Plays and Films Control Board ruled the film should not be shown because it features "extreme homosexuality, nudity and profanity".

The Rainbow Alliance called it "a farce" that a small group of people should try to "provide the moral compass for the entire country".

The film has also been effectively banned in China.

The government there refused to put it on a list of approved foreign films to be shown in Chinese cinemas, preventing it being shown in public.

Making choices

The film, which won director Ang Lee an Oscar, follows two cowboys as they embark on a long and complicated love affair set amongst the backdrop of conservative America.

Lee himself, who is from Taiwan, said the film tackles how gay men and women have found love denied to them by society.

The Bahamian film board said the film was of "no value for the Bahamian public".

But a theatre director from the islands, Philip Burrows, said: "You have a group of people who are telling grown men and women what they can and cannot watch.

"I cannot understand denying people the right to make their own choices."

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