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Egypt and United Arab Emirates ban Exodus: Gods & Kings

Exodus: Gods & Kings

Story by Jack Foley

RIDLEY Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods & Kings has been banned by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates over perceived “historical inaccuracies”.

Egypt took the lead when the country’s head of its censorship board took issue with the film’s depiction of Jews as having built the Pyramids. The Pyramids are believed to have been built about 1,000 years before the story of the Exodus.

The Egyptian official added that an earthquake, not a miracle by Moses, caused the Red Sea to part.

The decision was backed by the United Arab Emirates, who also decided not to allow the film to be shown in its country.

Juma Obeid Al Leem, a National Media Council official, told Gulf News: “This movie is under our review and we found that there are many mistakes not only about Islam but other religions too. So, we will not release it in the UAE.”

Exodus: Gods and Kings stars Christian Bale as Moses. It opened in UK cinemas on Boxing Day.

The film 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.

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