(VIDEO) Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Holocaust Documentary to Be Rated ‘R’?

(WSJ) “A Film Unfinished,” a new documentary tracing the history of Nazi propaganda films shot in 1942 in the infamous Warsaw Ghetto (trailer above), is unquestionably disturbing. The film shows the human rights atrocities we all associate with the holocaust, and the graphic imagery earned the movie an “R” rating from the MPAA. But is “A Film Unfinished” an important educational tool?

That’s the argument being made by Oscilloscope Laboratories, the company releasing “A Film Unfinished.” Adam Yauch (pictured), a member of the rap group Beastie Boys and the co-founder of the distributor, railed against the MPAA’s decision, which makes it difficult for the documentary to be shown to minors in an educational setting. Actually, he called their decision “bulls***.”

David Fenkel, the company’s co-founder, said the ruling isn’t “consistent with cultural norms,” citing the graphic footage on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., which is visited by school children. “The federally funded museum has much worse footage,” Fenkel said.

Elizabeth Kaltman, a spokeswoman for the MPAA, said the board isn’t making judgments about what is appropriate or what is historical but rather “what parents want to be informed about when they go to a movie theater with their children.” The R rating of “A Film Unfinished” wouldn’t prohibit viewers under 17 from seeing the movie in theaters but would require adult supervision.

Oscilloscope is set to appeal the ruling at a hearing on Thursday. Will calling the MPAA’s decision “bulls***” hurt the film’s chances for appeal? “I don’t think they think about that,” Fenkel said. “They do what they do and do what they believe in. I think the MPAA has their reasons. They’re open for discussion.”

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