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LGBT+ film funding row lands Brazil minister in court

10/03/2019 | Reuters

Brazilian prosecutors have filed charges against the citizenship minister for suspending government funding for films, which they said was motivated by discrimination against LGBT+ people. Brazil’s film agency ANCINE halted around R$70 million ($17 million) in grants in August that were set to fund about 80 films, four of which were about the gay community. The prosecutors on Wednesday asked the federal court in Rio de Janeiro to restore the funding and to fine citizenship minister Osmar Terra, who oversees ANCINE, for administrative misconduct and ban him from political office for eight years. “As there was no legal way to prevent only the four projects from being excluded from the contest in its final phase, the ‘solution’ found was to sacrifice the entire process,” the prosecutor’s office said in a legal filing on its website.

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