Egypt bans 'inaccurate' Exodus film

Egypt bans ‘inaccurate’ Exodus film


Egypt has banned a Hollywood film based on the Biblical book of Exodus because of what censors described as “historical inaccuracies”.
The head of the censorship board said these included the film’s depiction of Jews as having built the Pyramids, and that an earthquake, not a miracle by Moses, caused the Red Sea to part. Exodus: Gods and Kings stars Christian Bale as Moses.
There have also been reports that the film is banned in Morocco.Although the state-run Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM) had given the film the green light, Moroccan business website said that officials had decided to ban the movie from being screened the day before its premiere.
According to the book of Exodus, Jewish slaves were led to freedom by Moses after God inflicted a series of plagues on Egypt.
The Pyramids are believed to have been built about 1,000 years before the story of the Exodus.
The Biblical story tells how the Red Sea was parted by a miracle performed by God through Moses, allowing the Jewish people to escape from the pursuing Egyptian army.
Exodus: Gods and Kings, which cost a reported $140m (£89m) to make, took $24.5m on its debut weekend. – BBC News


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