Egypt Bans ‘Exodus’ Movie Claiming ‘Jews Didn’t Build Pyramids’
Egypt has banned the Hollywood film Exodus: Gods & Kings citing “historical inaccuracies,” one of which being that according to the government, Jewish slaves did not build the pyramids, the BBC reported on Friday.
The head of the country’s censorship board claimed that other historical fallacies include the film’s depiction that an earthquake, not a godly miracle, caused the Red Sea to split as the Hebrew slaves fled.
According to the biblical tale Moses led the Hebrew slaves to freedom after God inflicted ten plagues on Egypt. The bible also describes how the Red Sea was parted by a miracle performed by God through Moses. The splitting of the sea allowed the Israelites to escape from the Egyptian army that chased them down.
Earlier reports said that the film has also been banned in Morocco, according to BBC. The state-run Moroccan Cinema Centre (CCM) had initially allowed the film, but Moroccan business website Medias24.com reported that officials decided to ban screenings of the movie the day before its premiere.
Exodus: Gods and Kings reportedly cost $140 million to make and it pulled in $24.5 million in the box office during its opening weekend. The film stars Christian Bale as Moses.