Morocco approves ‘Exodus’ film after offending sections cut

The film was banned in Egypt and the UAE last month

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Morocco's movie organization has announced that the Ridley Scott film "Exodus" will be shown once more in Morocco after Fox Studio agreed to cut sections deemed sacrilegious to Islam.

On Dec. 27, the Morocco Cinematography Center told theaters to stop showing film after a review board objected to the scene where Moses receives his revelation from a figure that could be interpreted as representing God.

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In Islam, figural representations of God are forbidden.

The board's move prompted criticisms over freedom of expression by filmmakers and politicians in Morocco.

The center's statement late Tuesday said after numerous exchanges with Scott and Fox Studios, they agreed to "remove two lines of dialogue that referred to the personification of the Divine."

The film was banned in Egypt and the UAE last month.

Egyptian Culture Minister Gaber Asfour said the film “gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it.”

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