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In the mid-1970s, the federal agency Bundesprufstelle fur jugendgefahrdende Schriften later Medien (BPjS, since 2003 BPjM; Federal Department for Writings/Media Harmful to Minors)--established in 1954 and tasked with the protection of minors from violent, racist, and pornographic content in literature and comic books--reacted to an increase in instances of visual media that were considered problematic and potentially harmful to persons under the age of 18.
NekRomantik 2 and The Burning Moon tap into these debates not only because both films have experienced massive problems with the BPjM upon their release, but also because they display a subversive attitude toward and even open critique of various forms of media regulation.
Buttgereit's film openly challenged the practices of the BPjM, accepting the legal risks this involved.
While the latter feel rather displaced with regard to the realism that dominates the rest of the text, it is clear that, for example, the long black- and-white segment that mocks My Dinner with Andre will make the cut in the true sense of the word while the more genre-typical set-pieces would have been ordered to be removed by the BPjM due to their problematic content.
But the BPjM also fights other sources of extremism, including execution videos uploaded to the internet by the self-declared "Islamic State" (IS).
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