Bolsonaro removes director of the Brazilian cinema agency

Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro

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The President of Brazil dismissed on Friday the director and president of the National Cinema Agency (Ancine), Christian de Castro, by court decision

The removal, determined by a decree published in a Friday edition of the Federal Official Gazette, fulfills a court decision of the 5th Federal Criminal Court of Rio de Janeiro.

According to the newspaper "O Globo", the Ministry of Citizenship, which is responsible for Ancine, confirmed the information, adding that the process has legal confidentiality status.

"The Ministry of Citizenship informs that it will demand efforts so that the Agency can serve the sector with normality", the office said in a statement.

Alex Braga Muniz, a member of Ancine's board, will temporarily replace Christian de Castro.

Another four civil servants of the Brazilian National Cinema Agency were also dismissed from their roles.

According to "O Globo", the court decision also calls for the removal of former Brazilian Minister of Culture and now Secretary of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, Sérgio Sá Leitão.

Ancine is a regulatory agency whose roles are the promotion, regulation and supervision of the Brazilian cinema and audiovisual market. Recently, Jair Bolsonaro has attempted to implement "cultural filters" on it.

The Brazilian head of state admitted in July the possibility of extinguishing Ancine if he cannot use it to impose "filters" on the country's audiovisual productions.

"Yes, there will be a filter. Since it is a federal agency, if it cannot have filters, we will extinguish Ancine. We will privatize (...) or extinguish it," said Bolsonaro in Brasilia.

In the past, the agency was under the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture prior to its demise by Bolsonaro.

The representative even stated that he would limit the movie production of films such as "Bruna Surfistinha", a Brazilian feature film that portrays the life of a prostitute.