Indonesia has banned the film Noah ‘deeming it too controversial based on religious grounds.’
According to The Jakarta Post the Indonesian Film Censorship Institute (LSF) chairman, Mukhlis Paen, said that the institute’s members considered several elements in the film contradicted basic teachings in the Islamic holy book, the Koran.
“Almost all Muslim countries have decided to ban the film. We, too, found elements in the story that contradicted the holy book, so we have decided to prohibit the screening of the film,” Mukhlis said on Monday.
When pressed by The Jakarta Post to say which parts of the movie contradicted the Koran, Mukhlis merely said: “We are just following what other Middle Eastern countries have done.”
Mukhlis said the LSF was concerned that the film could cause problems if it was given the go-ahead. “We are worried that violent protests could occur,” he said.
With this decision, the LSF has also banned the distribution of Noah in all physical formats, such as DVDs and VCDs, as well as Internet downloads.
“People can go abroad to watch the film,” he said.
As for preventing pirated versions of the movie, Mukhlis said that was under the purview of the National Police.
Unconfirmed reports also claim that the LSF is ready to slap a ban on Son of God, another Hollywood retelling of the Bible.
However, Mukhlis said the LSF had yet to issue a decision on the film, which tells the story of the life of Jesus.
Censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have informed Paramount Pictures, which released Noah, that they will not be screening the film.
Paramount expects Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait to also ban the film.
In Egypt, leading Sunni Muslim institute Al-Azhar said it rejected the screening of any production that characterized Allah’s prophets, messengers or companions of the Prophet Muhammad.
In Egypt, the film has also come under fire from several church leaders for its dark portrayal of Noah, played by Russell Crowe.
Source: The Jakarta Post, published online Tuesday, March 25 2014, 9:08 AM
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