Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is a satirical mockumentary film co-written and produced by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen who also plays the title character, Borat Sagdiyev , a fictitious Kazakh journalist travelling through the United States recording real-life interactions with Americans. The film was directed by Larry Charles and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Much of the film features unscripted vignettes of Borat interviewing and interacting with Americans, who believe he is a foreigner with little or no understanding of American customs. Controversy surrounded the film from two years prior to its release, and after the film's release, some cast members spoke against, and even sued, its creators. It was banned in almost all Arab countries, and the governments of Russia and Kazakhstan discouraged cinemas from showing it. It was released on DVD in March
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The film "Borat," starring Sasha Baron Cohen, is a comedy about a fictional man from Kazakhstan who comes to America and finds it very different than he expected. The film is a style known as "mockumentary" think "Spinal Tap" , and many of the Americans who Borat interviewed were supposedly unaware he was an actor and not a real Kazakh journalist. A few were none too pleased with how they were portrayed in the film, and claimed that they were duped into participating. The film and its highly crude humor made it extremely controversial even before it was released in theaters, and "Borat" was banned in many Arab countries.
The devilish pranks of "Borat" have made him the powder-blue polyester breakout hit of the season. But how many of Sacha Baron Cohen's gags are real, and which ones are staged? Which of Borat's victims were legitimately goofed, and which ones just played along for giggles? With few exceptions, the real folks featured in "Borat," the movie, have been happy to talk about their experience, and outing them has turned into a mini-media craze, with tons of news outlets trying to sniff out the stories behind the making of the film. To save you time and satisfy your curiosity, we tracked down some of Borat's victims on our own and also compiled a guide revealing which figures were in on the joke Pamela -- say it ain't so!