Rabat – Movie theaters in the city of Casablanca announced the screening of Ridely Scott’s newest movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings”, starting Wednesday.
The biblically inspired epic film directed by British director Ridely Scott tells the story of the prophet Moses and the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt and towards the Red Sea.
The controversial film is likely not to be screened in most Arab countries due to its depiction of prophets which contradicts Islamic teachings.
The film also has faced a great deal of criticism from Christian circles in the United States and elsewhere regarding the portrayal of characters from the Bible. The movie criticizers even created the hashtag #BoycottExodusMovie.
The backlash against the movie is also caused by the choice of the cast since all of the kings, queens and prophets are played by white actors such as Christian Bale as Moses and Australian actor Joel Edgerton plays the role of Moses’ adoptive brother-turned-nemesis Ramses, while the roles of slaves, servants and low-class civilians are being played by actors of color.