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"Exodus: Gods and Kings" won't be screened in the UAE

BEIRUT |, with agencies - December 30, 2014, 18h57
Image from the movie "Exodus: Gods and Kings". Source:
Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" won't be authorized in the UAE, the United Arab Emirates said on Tuesday.
United Arab Emirates said Tuesday that it will not allow the screening of Hollywood's Biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings."

The 3D "Exodus: Gods and Kings" about Moses's escape from pharaonic Egypt earned $24.1 million in its debut weekend in the United States, said AFP agency, while quoting box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The new Hollywood's Biblical epic  starring Christian Bale as Moses, contains "religious and historical mistakes," stated the National Media Council, charged with vetting films for release in the UAE.

"The film shows Moses not as a prophet but as just a preacher of peace," the council's director of media content tracking Juma Obaid al-Leem told AFP agency, adding that the storyline contradicts the holy books.

In addition to his place in the Christian and Jewish faiths, Moses is also revered by Muslims as a prophet.

Leem said the film had also fallen foul of the council for its depiction of Moses receiving the revelation from God through a child. Representation of God and prophets is forbidden in Islam.

"We do not allow the distortion of religions... When it comes to religious and historical movies, we care about having a correct narrative and avoiding hurting the feelings of others," Leem said.

But he insisted that film censorship in the UAE is not tough, stressing that most movies are approved for release.

"It is normal if we express reservations about one movie out of 1,000," he said.

Egypt and Morocco also banned this movie.
#Censorship, #Cinéma
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