Saudi Arabia will screen the controversial film The Message on Life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). After a long 42 year ban, Anthony Quinn-starrer The Message will be played in Saudi Arabia.
4K restored version of 1976 epic movie will be the first Arab movie to be commercially released in Saudi Arabia. It is done by director Mustafa Akkad’s son Malek. Initially, the movie was banned in Middle Eastern Arab territories facing hostility from the authorities. The crew was compelled to go to Morocco and recreate the main sites of Makkah and Medinah. When the movie got released it was banned in the Middle East.
9-year-old Malek said, “I have letters of [my father’s] saying, ‘I will never stop. I believe in this.’ It’s really amazing to think that somewhere, he found that strength to know he was right, and know that he was going to show everybody, ‘I can do this.’ It’s beautiful. His intentions were so pure and noble. He said, ‘I want to show the world why this is the basis of our culture.’ Like in the West, we have the Judeo-Christian culture [and] we have Christmas, and we don’t even think about it. He wanted to show in the Muslim world, this is why we have Eid and Ramadan.”
In the USA the film’s commercial release was suspended after it was mistakenly thought that Quinn played the role of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the movie. But now the new version of the movie received the world premiere at Dubai International Film Festival and will be released on Eid holidays.
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Front Row managing director Gianluca Chakra said, “The Saudi authorities allowed the film to pass and this, in turn, opened the door to the rest of the region. In the burgeoning landscape of the Saudi cinema market, The Message release could be its most important film.”