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“Sambal Belacan in San Francisco” is a documentary which revolves around three women from Singapore who move to San Francisco in the 1980s to enjoy the lifestyle they wanted. The documentary is rated R21 with the consumer advice of “Homosexual Theme”. The documentary explores the lives of its protagonists and their personal conflicts as they deal with issues arising from societal acceptance of their sexuality. However, there are no depictions which promote or glamorise the homosexual lifestyle. As such, the film falls within a R21 rating where the Classification Guidelines allows “stronger and more explicit portrayal of mature themes”. In addition, the film contains depiction of same gender intimacy in a scene where two women are depicted kissing each other passionately as they lie in bed.