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Indonesia bans Hollywood epic Noah over Islamic concerns

Published on Mar 25, 2014 3:48 PM
The cast of Noah (from left)  British actor Douglas Booth, actress Emma Watson, American actor Logan Lerman, actress Jennifer Connelly and director Darren Aronofsky at the European premiere of the film Noah on March 13, 2014, in Berlin. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia has banned Hollywood biblical epic Noah starring Russell Crowe, censors said on Tuesday, the latest Muslim country to stop the film being screened due to concerns it contradicts Islamic values.

Censors in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country said they decided to ban the film, which had been set for release on Friday, as the depiction of prophets is forbidden under Islamic law.

As well as being a biblical figure, Noah is also a prophet for Muslims.

"We rejected the screening of the film in Indonesia," Mr Zainut Tauhid Saadi, a member of the Indonesian Censorship Board, said.

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