ABC to screen 10 Conditions of Love

ABC TV has scheduled the television premiere of the controversial documentary about Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer The 10 Conditions of Love for May 6.

A media release from DVD distributor Umbrella Entertainment anticipated that “the ABC’s decision to screen the film is certain to cause renewed controversy with Beijing at at time when ABC’s Australia Network is believed to be seeking permission to broadcast into China”.

The public broadcaster’s decision follows last February’s controversy where a newspaper suggested the ABC had cancelled the broadcast due to pressure from China. The claims were dismissed by ABC MD Mark Scott.

Producer John Lewis said that the public broadcaster had cancelled the documentary’s December 17 screening, and informed him that a new air date had not been decided yet.

The cancellation affected Umbrella Entertainment’s promotional and release strategies for the DVD, which they were hoping to release before Christmas. Umbrella eventually released the documentary through Borders book stores in late February, supporting it with Q&A sessions with director Jeff Daniels in Sydney and Melbourne.


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