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Old 03-15-06, 03:03 PM
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Dutch Immigrants Must Watch Racy Film

Well, this is novel. If the images are too racy for you, you are not welcome in the Netherlands. Can you pass the Dutch immigrant porn test?

(I'm stumped, does this belong here or in Politics.)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/netherlan...kxBHNlYwN0bQ--
Dutch Immigrants Must Watch Racy Film
By BRUCE MUTSVAIRO, Associated Press Writer
29 minutes ago



AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - The camera focuses on two gay men kissing in a park. Later, a topless woman emerges from the sea and walks onto a crowded beach. For would-be immigrants to the Netherlands, this film is a test of their readiness to participate in the liberal Dutch culture.

If they can't stomach it, no need to apply.

Despite whether they find the film offensive, applicants must buy a copy and watch it if they hope to pass the Netherlands' new entrance examination.

The test — the first of its kind in the world — became compulsory Wednesday, and was made available at 138 Dutch embassies.

Taking the exam costs $420. The price for a preparation package that includes the film, a CD ROM and a picture album of famous Dutch people is $75.

"As of today, immigrants wishing to settle in the Netherlands for, in particular, the purposes of marrying or forming a relationship will be required to take the civic integration examination abroad," the Immigration Ministry said in a statement.

The test is part of a broader crackdown on immigration that has been gathering momentum in the Netherlands since 2001.

Anti-immigration sentiment peaked with filmmaker Theo van Gogh's murder by a Dutch national of Moroccan descent in November 2004.

Both praise and scorn have been poured on Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, the architect of the new test and other policies that have reduced immigration by at least a third.

"If you pass, you're more than welcome," Verdonk said. "It is in the interest of Dutch society and those concerned."

Not everyone is happy with the new test.

"Today is a black day for the people intending to bring their partners to Holland," said Buitenlandse Partner, a lobbying group for mixed Dutch/immigrant couples.

Dutch theologian Karel Steenbrink criticized the 105-minute movie, saying it would be offensive to some Muslims.

"It is not a prudent way of welcoming people to the Netherlands," said Steenbrink, a professor at the University of Utrecht. "Minister Verdonk has radical ideas."

But Mohammed Sini, the chairman of Islam and Citizenship, a national Muslim organization, defended the film, saying that homosexuality is "a reality."

Sini urged all immigrants "to embrace modernity."

A censored version with no homosexual and nude material had been prepared because it is illegal to show such images in Iran and some other countries, filmmaker Walter Goverde said.

"With all the respect I have for all religions, I think people need to understand that Holland has its own liberal side as well," he said.

After viewing the film, which is available in most languages, applicants are then quizzed on important Dutch factoids such as the number of provinces that make up the Netherlands; the role played by William of Orange in the country's history; and Queen Beatrix's monarchial functions.

There are some major exemptions. EU nationals, asylum-seekers and skilled workers who earn more than $54,000 per year will not be required to take the 30-minute computerized exam.

Also, citizens of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and Switzerland are exempt.
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A $75 picture album of famous Dutch people? Just how many photos of Vincent van Gogh and Johan Cruyff do you have to look at?
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Numanoid runs to learn about emigrating to the Netherlands.
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Hmm, I expected Numanoid back in this thread by 3:19, taking a nap into account.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
Numanoid runs to learn about emigrating to the Netherlands.
Exempt!
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Originally Posted by melbatoast
Exempt!
Cool!
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I thought the Netherlands was the country that was being innundated with Muslims who were refusing to integrate and were taking over large parts of cities. Their areas are so crime filled that even the police won't go there...
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In 10 years, the film shown to serve the same purpose will be the beheading of a hostage by masked men shouting "Allahu Akbar".
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Originally Posted by BigPete
I thought the Netherlands was the country that was being innundated with Muslims who were refusing to integrate and were taking over large parts of cities. Their areas are so crime filled that even the police won't go there...
As I read it, the exemptions allow the people they want to skate through, and the people they don't want have to study really hard.
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Taking the exam costs $420.
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If DVDTalk was a country, I wonder what kind of video you'd have to watch to get in there.
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Originally Posted by Joe Molotov
If DVDTalk was a country, I wonder what kind of video you'd have to watch to get in there.
classicman and bhk kissing, followed by grunter emerging from the sea topless. Written and directed by Julie Walker, filmed entirely in digital video.
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Originally Posted by NORML54601
You may be reading into that, but it is coincidental.
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classicman and bhk kissing, followed by grunter emerging from the sea topless. Written and directed by Julie Walker, filmed entirely in digital video.
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I think it's obvious who the Dutch want to keep out by implementing this, and I commend them for taking at least some step in the right direction.

Who knows how effective it will be.
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Originally Posted by Shoveler
classicman and bhk kissing, followed by grunter emerging from the sea topless. Written and directed by Julie Walker, filmed entirely in digital video.
Believe I will wait for the special edition complete with little figures and a soundtrack.
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Originally Posted by BigPete
Their areas are so crime filled that even the police won't go there...
Have you ever seen a Dutch police officer? Those guys are huge-- they look like linebackers. I really doubt there are any places in the Netherlands that the police are afraid to enter.

Uncontrolled immigration has caused problems in the Netherlands, but Muslims are a long way from taking over the country.
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Taking the exam costs $420. The price for a preparation package that includes the film, a CD ROM and a picture album of famous Dutch people is $75.
Before reading this article, I wouldn't have minded living in the Netherlands. However, I've changed my mind. I could never live there. I mean, $420 for a pornographic video, and $75 for a magazine? I'll stick to America where my porn is free, thank you very much.

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This is probably overblown hype and won't last long, but how fucking insane is it to try to enforce a particular version of morality? This reminds me of my college days: you can have any opinion as long as it's the right one.
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Originally Posted by NatrlBornThrllr
Before reading this article, I wouldn't have minded living in the Netherlands. However, I've changed my mind. I could never live there. I mean, $420 for a pornographic video, and $75 for a magazine? I'll stick to America where my porn is free, thank you very much.


Small price to pay for the privilege of seeing half-naked women walk out of the ocean though, right? Imagine if the water is cold!

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I don't know what's worse; making them watch hairy porn or having them pay $500 for it. I could think of much better ways to integrate new immigrants into Dutch society.... say a $500 credit towards the Red Light District for every new immigrant....

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