The unashamedly pro-life film “Unplanned” has been effectively banned in Canada but a Christian leader predicts it will still find an audience there.
“Unplanned” has filled movie theatres in the United States, where audiences have been moved to tears by the graphic depiction of abortion and the real-life story of pro-life leader Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director.
With a budget of $6 million, the Pure Flix film has earned a respectable $18 million at the box office since its March opening.
In fact, despite a near-complete media blackout, “Unplanned” still beat opening day predictions and finished as the No. 4 weekend movie despite a controversial R-rating that may have chased away moviegoers.
But the film is reportedly being chased out of Canada, where prominent distributors Landmark and Cineplex are refusing to release the movie due to its content.
Lisa Wheeler, a producer of the film, announced the lock-out at a May 8 press conference in Ottawa.
Dr. Charlie McVety of Canada Christian College tells OneNewsNow that blocking the film is nothing less than censoring a topic the distributors don’t like.
“And that's the hypocrisy,” he says, “that they frequently talk about being open to sharing other cultures, and being diverse and fair, but then a film comes along that has a deep emotional impact and they stop it so that we can't even see it.”
McVety, who is no stranger to fighting Canada’s liberal ideology and predictable censorship, predicts the film will be widely shown at churches and other venues across Canada despite the lock-out from distribution.