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Borat is a force at the U.S. box office.  This past weekend in its second week of release it remained on top with weekend ticket sales of 29 million, following up its opening weekend of 26 million when it was on just over 800 screens.

“Documentary”, “documentary to be shown outside the US”, and “foreign documentary” all are terms that keep coming up when participates describe how the Borat was portrayed to them when they signed releases and when the being in the film was pitched to them.

For the few who don’t know, Borat is a character played by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen who represents himself as a Kazakhstan journalist, naive to US culture.  In order to set up his interviews, he and his production crew often represent themselves as a news crew or in most cases documentary filmmakers. 

The foreign angle has a number of individuals in the film upset.  They are not helping out a struggling documentary filmmaker, but rather are prominently featured in a film that is a US number one box office phenomenon.

According to ABC news, the couple who owned the Four Seasons Kosher Bed & Breakfast were told, “the documentary was commissioned by the Kazakhstan Department of Tourism”.

At least two groups of participates have begun the process of suing the Borat production in order to attempt to collect a great appearance fee for being part of the movie.

With increased doubt about whether a filmmaker is truthful or even genuine in approaching potential subjects for a film, filmmakers are likely to find it tougher to get individuals to agree to appear in their films.

,jgbku on November 13th, 2006 at 9:05 pm 

f*** that!! Its american libel gone mad!! The guys a f***ing genius, so what if he ofends a few yanks, it’s fookin hilarious

joseph on November 14th, 2006 at 6:46 pm 

i think it’s cheating. simple as that.

mats on November 15th, 2006 at 9:38 am 

“Documentary” is the last thing that comes in mind from this film! Unfortunatly some people cant separate fiction and real life… must be hard living that way? Most of all the film offends russian speaking countries cause they see theirselves through character “Borat”. They wont admit that but that is the very reason why they have banned (at least in Russia) actually hilarious film made by genius comedian.


Sacha Baron Cohen is born in U.S lives in England and is himself a jew and his name Sachsa is a ordinary russian name.

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