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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 104m 0s

Release date 21/02/2013

BBFCInsight Contains partially obscured strong language

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Sermiyan Midyat

Cast includes Demet Akbag, Sermiyan Midyat, Mahir Ipek

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 11/02/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

HUKUMET KADIN is a Turkish language drama with English subtitles. In the town of Mardin in 1956, an illiterate grandmother becomes Mayor when her husband dies and she is faced with a drought crisis and the objections of some of the townspeople to having a woman in charge. It is rated 12A for the use of partially obscured strong language.

There are three uses of strong language, which appear in the English subtitles as 'f**k', so it is clear to an English-speaking audience what the word is. The corresponding Turkish dialogue is not obscured. The film also contains milder bad language in the subtitles, including 'bitch', 'bastard' and 'shit'.

In a conversation the Mayor has about some young girls she is sheltering, after they have escaped abusive arranged marriages, she says, “Some ran away from their husbands and tried to miscarry using feathers…”. This reference to abortion is undetailed and there are no images of the act occurring.

A car accident is shown without any detail, just the sound of brakes screeching and a close-up of a man's pocket watch falling to the ground to indicate he has been killed. A fight scene amongst wedding guests is comic and undetailed, with no injuries seen.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.


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