More on BANNED VIDEOS in Iowa City

Jeff Ahrens (
Thu, 17 Sep 1998 15:52:21 -0500

I also forgot to mention that the University of Iowa came out with some
vague policy requiring instructors to warn students about possible
offensive content.

I didn't know it had been that bad!

Jeff Ahrens, MLS

>When I was the media librarian at Iowa, the local district attorney had
>threatened to arrest anyone who publicly exhibited the section I described
>below. The local video store pulled their copies, and we (Media Services)
>put our copy on permanent reserve. A student group showed the film during
>this period, but had to place a piece of cardboard over the lens during
>this specific sequence.
>As I said earlier, things might have changed since then, but the film was,
>for all practical purposes 'banned" up until 1995/96, when I left the
>Glad to hear this isn't the case any more!
>(say high to the gang in cataloging for me!)
>At 12:08 PM 9/17/98 -0700, you wrote:
>>>As far as I know, Taxi Zum Klo, or at least one section of it, is still
>>>banned in Iowa City.
>>Actually, the film was shown in a German language class at the University
>>of Iowa a few years back, and some students complained about the content.
>>Quite a huge issue was made of it statewide. However, it is not banned in
>>Iowa City, neither are any parts "blocked." It is shown annually at the
>>Bijou (student run film organization) and can be rented from any video
>>rental business.
>>Jeff Ahrens, MLS
>Becky Albitz
>Head Librarian
>Shenango Campus
>The Pennsylvania State University