After weeks in the box office, "Exodus" gets a let-down. It is banned for viewing in UAE, Egypt and Morocco due to the countries’ respective media and cultural boards’ cited inaccuracies in the story. Read on to learn more about it.
According to Gulf News, the Media Content Tracking of the National Media Council released a statement after watching the film and their critiques.
“This movie is under our review and we found that there are many mistakes not only about Islam but other religions too. So, we will not release it in the UAE.” Council director Juma Obeid Al- Leem said in the article.
UAE now counts itself as the latest of the countries that have previously announced of their banning ‘Exodus’ to be viewed in their theaters. The media boards of Egypt and Morocco have also announced their decision to ban the movie.
According to the Guardian, the film’s distributor announced of receiving a written notice mentioning a movie scene ‘representing God’ as a child. Such representations are apparently forbidden under Islam, thus initiating the banning of the movie in Morocco.
Moreover, it was said that in spite of the movie’s release already been approved by the Moroccan Cinema Centre (MCC), it has been reported that cinema managers were told not to screen the film. Some movie houses were even threatened to close down should they screen the film. According to distributor Mounia Layadi Benkirane of the Coliseum cinema in Marrakesh, even though she already had ‘Exodus’ pulled out; she doesn’t understand the banning and said that such a movie ban is rare in Morocco.
According to Yahoo!, the Culture Ministry in Egypt announced the banning the movie. It came after they consulted a group of experts including after consulting a committee of censors and of archaeologists. Moreover, the expert reviewed the film. They found that "Exodus" included "intentional gross historical fallacies that offend Egypt and its pharaonic ancient history" and that it reflected the
"false and wrong mental image of Egypt's history."
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