New York - Speaking during a press conference held at the 2015 Marrakech International Film Festival on Saturday, Francis Ford Coppola quoted the Holy Koran and defended Islam in a touching way.
New York – Speaking during a press conference held at the 2015 Marrakech International Film Festival on Saturday, Francis Ford Coppola quoted the Holy Koran and defended Islam in a touching way.
The American filmmaker, President of the nine-member Jury for the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival, answered a question about current events and cinema, in which he talked about Islam in a compelling manner.
The video shows when Coppola takes the microphone to quote the Koran, specifically Surah Al Fatiha emphasizing the message of peace, mercy, tolerance and love advocated by the Holy Book.
“If you know the Koran, the first words are: In the name of God, the Gracious and the Merciful. Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, Master of the Book of Judgement,” Coppola said.
“Anyone who knows this beautiful religion that was the height of civilization in the 13th Century, knows that at the root of that religion, the two most important words are that God is Gracious, God is Merciful, and we trust to that God to deliver us from this misunderstanding that is hurting people,” he added.
His testimony full of truth brought tears to those in the room and left them speechless.
Francis Ford Coppola, born April 7, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, is a film director, producer and screenwriter. Some of his most famous films are ‘The Godfather’ trilogy, Apocalypse Now, and Bam Stoker’s Dracula.
He is among only six people in Academy Award history to receive Oscars for directing, producing and screenwriting, as well as one of only eight filmmakers to win two Palme d’Or awards.