‘Noah’ Movie Controversy: Film Banned In Islamic Countries! Movie Released With' Disclaimer' In Other Countries!
By Staff Writer | March 06, 2014 11:32 PM EST
Darren Aronofsky's dream project "Noah" was reportedly banned in some Middle Eastern countries, while Islamic organizations have issued a 'fatwa' against it.
The movie was previously bashed by Christian and Jewish groups as they did not fully adhere to the biblical portrayal. Because of this, Paramount Pictures has issued a 'disclaimer' for the movie. The technical term used by Paramount is 'explanatory message' and it will accompany all trailers and ads for the movie. It will read:
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"The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis." (reprinted from LA Times)
However, some sectors will not accept any explanation. The Hollywood Reporter has mentioned that the movie has officially been banned for exhibition in some Islamic countries. The report:
"On Thursday, censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates informed Paramount they will not allow the release of the film. Similar rulings are expected in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait, according to Paramount insiders."
The reason for the ban was "contradicting Islamic law by portraying a prophet."
A ruling has not been given in Egypt, but it is highly probable as a 'fatwa' was already issued a 'fatwa.'
According to the LA Times, it was issued "by Al Azhar, a leading Sunni Muslim institution.
The fatwa, which is an Islamic ruling by religious scholars that is binding on believers, came amid ongoing controversy in Egypt regarding movies and television productions that depict prophets mentioned in the Koran, the Muslim holy book. Noah is among them."
In essence, the institution is calling on its followers not to see the film. The institution released an official statement through their Highest Scholars Committee:
"Such productions contradict the higher stature of prophets and messengers, and affect the constants of Islamic law. They also provoke believers' emotions."
'Provoking emotions' is one of movies' goals, is it not? On March 28, we will find out whether the various controversies will hurt or help 'Noah' at the box-office.
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