'Exodus' Banned in Egypt, Morocco (Report)
The developments are just the latest opposition to the controversial film
Egypt and Morocco have both banned Fox's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, according to reports.
The BBC reported Friday that Egypt's censorship board has banned the film due to what censors called "historical inaccuracies," including, it said, the film depicting Jews having built the pyramids and that an earthquake, not a miracle by Moses, made the Red Sea part. The ancient story claims the pyramids were built by Jewish slaves who were led to freedom by Moses after God inflicted a series of plagues on Egypt.
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Earlier this week, media outlets, including Agence France-Presse reported that Morocco had banned theaters from showing the film. There, the state-run Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM) had given the film the OK, but local business website Medias24 reported that officials decided to ban the movie from being screened the day before its premiere, according to AFP.
Theater managers told Medias24 that they received verbal instructions from the CCM not to begin screening the movie as planned.
These developments mark just the latest opposition to the controversial film, parts of which were shot in Morocco. The movie has drawn criticism for its white stars, including lead actors Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, as well as director Ridley Scott's decision to have an 11-year-old boy be the voice of God.
Muslims consider Moses a prophet, and Islam opposes the depiction of its prophets in works of art, making the film's release in any Islamic countries problematic.
Fox has not yet responded to a request for comment.