One more ban for Moses epic from United Arab Emirates
DUBAI - Agence France-Presse
United Arab Emirates followed Egypt and Morocco in banning ‘Exodus.’The United Arab Emirates said Dec. 30 that it will not allow screening of Hollywood’s Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” mirroring similar bans by Egypt and Morocco.
The National Media Council, charged with vetting films for release in the UAE, said the Ridley Scott movie about Moses’s escape from pharaonic Egypt contained “religious and historical mistakes.”
“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, 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 just like Mohammed.
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 taboo in Islam.
“We do not allow the distortion of religions,” Leem said. But he insisted that film censorship in the UAE is not tough, stressing that most movies are approved for release.