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 all Arab countries except Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates which released the film heavily censored ,  and the Government of Russia and Government of Kazakhstan discouraged cinemas from showing it. He leaves behind his wife Oksana and other inhabitants of his village including his prostitute and implied lover sister Natalia and his annoying neighbor Nursultan Tulyakbay. His companions are his producer Azamat Bagatov and a pet hen.
Cohen chose Kazakhstan as the origin of his hero. With his wide-eyed, pasted-on grin, thick mustache and loping Groucho Marx gait, Borat is a profane innocent with a will of steel, as earnest as he is devious, someone who is so much a product of his stridently politically incorrect culture that his actions are intended to make us question aspects of our own. And the fun is just beginning. Along the way Borat has various misadventures, as often as not involving masturbation and defecation, each episode intended to be more outrageous and potentially offensive than the last. Among the more memorable incidents are:. May George Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq.
Its interior is in keeping with the travails of a former Soviet republic trying to make it in the modern world: a little stuffy and outmoded in the manner of a Seventies hard-currency hotel, but also home to a palpable sense of optimism. The chandeliers and leather sofas are pure communist kitsch, and the boardroom-esque table looks like it was pilfered from some ransacked party HQ, but the Kazakh flag - a sky-blue affair also featuring a gold insignia - is draped proudly under a picture of this eight-year-old country's sole president to date: Nursultan Nazarbayev, a man whose name is often coupled to worrying phrases such as "a firm grip". This week, the embassy is throbbing with rage.
Sacha Baron Cohen's films provoke such a physical reaction in me that I wonder if I might be allergic. The measure of a successful Hollywood comedy is normally how good it makes you feel; a successful Baron Cohen film causes acute discomfort. In two weeks, we will possibly have a fourth.