The Samoa Censor board has banned the Oscar-nominated film Milk, which chronicles the life of gay activist Harvey Milk.

Principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui confirmed that the board had rejected an application for the movie to be distributed in movie stores in Samoa.

When asked for a reason as to why the movie was banned, Faaui declined to comment, saying that he needed the approval of the Censorship Board chairman.

However he did tell the New Zealand Herald that “rules and guidelines had to be followed”.

Human Rights activist, Ken Moala, said: “I do not think it should be banned. It is basically a documentary about the human endeavour to conquer something that people tend to discriminate against.

“It’s really harmless, I don’t know how it would affect Samoan lifestyle. It is totally different and not applicable to here, it is pretty tame really.”

Homosexuality is currently illegal in the South-Pacific Island state.

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