Egypt Reported to Ban Latest U.S. ‘Exodus’ Film

This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Joel Edgerton, left, and Dar Salim in a scene from "Exodus: Gods and Kings." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Kerry Brown)
This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Joel Edgerton, left, and Dar Salim in a scene from "Exodus: Gods and Kings."  (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Kerry Brown)
This image released by 20th Century Fox shows Joel Edgerton, left, and Dar Salim in a scene from “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Kerry Brown)

Rick Gladstone, THE NEW YORK TIMES

(The New York Times)—“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the $140 million Hollywood film about the biblical escape of the Jews from Egypt, will not be shown there because it asserts historical falsehoods and spreads a “Zionist view,” the Egyptian culture minister was quoted as saying on Friday.

If confirmed, a ban in Egypt would make it the second Arab country this week to bar “Exodus,” after a reported decision by Morocco to bar its distribution in theaters on Christmas just as it was about to be shown.

Egypt’s culture minister, Gaber Asfour, was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying that “Exodus” was offensive because of what he called its false portrayal of Moses, and of the Jews as the builders of Egypt’s pyramids.

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