Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has been cleared for screening in Morocco, where it had been banned, after Fox Studios and director Ridley Scott reportedly agreed to edit out a few words in a scene considered sacrilege against Islam because of the biblical epic’s representation of God in the form of an 11-year-old boy.
The Associated Press has reported that the Moroccan Cinema Center late Tuesday issued a statement saying that the studio and the director “went ahead and made the desired change, removing two audio passages that alluded to the personification of the Divine.” Fox could not immediately be reached for comment.
The state-backed Moroccan Cinema Center (CCM) had originally approved the release of “Exodus.” Subsequently, on December 27, they told theaters to stop screening the pic after a review board objected to the sacrilegious scene in which Moses asks the child “who are you?” The child responds, “I am,” thereby showing Moses receiving his revelation from a figure that can be interpreted as representing God.
Islam forbids the portrayal of God.
Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” also from Fox, was banned in most of the Middle East last year.
In Morocco, which is considered one of the most open-minded countries in the Arab world, the “Exodus” ban had prompted a wave of freedom of expression rage from filmmakers and political groups.
Ridley Scott’s revisionist retelling of the tale of Moses has been banned in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates after censors objected to what they claimed were historical and religious inaccuracies.
The ancient Egypt-set film was partly shot in Morocco.