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Dec 31, 2014 8:22 AM

Morocco banning of 'Exodus' film causes controversy

The Associated Press

RABAT, Morocco (AP) The banning in Morocco of Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus" has provoked an angry response in this North African country by film makers and members of the governing coalition.

Morocco's movie commission issued a letter to all cinemas on Saturday notifying them that the 2014 film has been banned for possibly portraying God in the scene of Moses' revelation.

Abderrahman Tazi, the head of Morocco's association of filmmakers, issued a statement Tuesday calling the banning "ridiculous and irrational" and saying it would discourage foreign filmmaking in the country.

The Progressive Socialist Party, a coalition partner with the governing Islamists, issued a statement carried by the media on Wednesday calling the move "strange and incomprehensible" and damaging to the country's image.


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