Five more Arab countries have banned the British film "The Danish Girl," after Qatar pulled it from its cinemas earlier this week .
The critically acclaimed film, which has been nominated for several Academy Awards, has reportedly failed to pass local censors in the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait, according to The Hollywood Reporter .
After the film was initially released in Qatar, it received social media backlash from local film-goers for what they deemed culturally unacceptable content. This led the Culture Ministry to announce the ban a few days later.
Directed by prominent British director Tom Hooper, "The Danish Girl" stars Academy Award-winning British actor Eddie Redmayne as Danish painter Einar Wegener, who is believed to be the first person in history to have undergone gender-reassignment surgery.
Based on this true story, the film follows Wegener as he becomes a transgender woman named Lili Elbe in the 1930s.
The film recently received four Oscar nominations for best actor, best supporting actress, best costume design and best production design. Redmayne and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who plays Wegener's wife in the film, were also nominated for BAFTA awards and Golden Globe awards for their performances.
It is common for Western films to be heavily censored or sometimes even banned altogether in the Middle East.
Most recently in the UAE, "Fifty Shades of Grey" was prevented from screening altogether in 2015, while in 2014 "The Wolf of Wall Street" was allowed to screen after removing 45 minutes from the film.