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Nearly two dozen filmmakers and a group of international critics have pulled out of the Istanbul Film Festival after the government prevented the screening of a film about Kurdish militants, in the latest outcry over censorship in Turkey.At least 22 films from the roughly 200 submitted were withdrawn this week and the festival competition canceled, according to organizers, over "Kuzey/Bakur" ('North' in Turkish and Kurdish), which documents the lives of militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).Festival director Azize Tan said the government rarely asked for such paperwork and did not require it from foreign film filmmakers.The International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI, said its members would not participate in the festival's jury.
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