French Government on ‘Think Like a Man’: We don’t have the power to ban a black film

Think Like A ManEXCLUSIVE: Several months ago, reports began to circulate on the internet about the French government banning the hit film ‘Think Like a Man’ from release in France due to it’s predominately black cast and lack of “diversity.” A number of American websites including  BETThe RootTheYBFGlobalGrind,TheGrio, and  HelloBeautiful picked up the story and ran with it.  Those reports were false. reached out to the Minister of Culture and Communications, the government authority on all cinematic releases in France, for an explanation of what was thought to be a racially motivated snub.  Well, its been a few months and  we now have an official response from the French government on the issue: They don’t have the power to ban a black film from being released to adults.  They believe Sony Pictures never intended to release the film in France at all.

Read the official response below:

Dear Sir,

You wrote to Ms. Aurélie Filippetti, minister of culture and communication, about the release in France of the film “Think Like a Man” by Tim Story.

I can bring you the following information:

– The film is distributed in France by Sony Pictures Releasing France, which has not announced a release date in the film room, and therefore does not seem to consider the film’s release in the near future.

– In France there is a law that requires a dealer to view a film before its commercial release, by a classification committee, which is responsible for issuing an opinion on the possible risks of the film for the sensitivity of the young audience. The commission based its judgment solely on issues of respect for the dignity of the human person. His power is to require the distributor to notify any risk of the film for the sensibility of certain public (minors), or to deny access to film part of the audience minor (under 12 years or less 16 or under 18).
This commission does not have any power to censure, to edit the film, or prohibit its release.

– The distributor Sony has, to date, not file any visa applications from operating room from the Commission: Classification, AcSB, and no contact was held with the directors on this film. The decision to leave or not Think like a man in France, and the release date, so only obligations to Sony Pictures Releasing France.

I can only advise you to contact Sony France if you want information on the prospects of the film’s release in France.

Hope these will be helpful, I remain at your disposal for any further information, and please accept, dear Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Olivier Wotling
Film Director
National Film Centre and the moving image

Glad we cleared that up.


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