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Malaysia bans Noah film as 'un-Islamic'

Published on Apr 5, 2014 12:53 PM
Cinema still: Noah starring Russell Crowe. -- FILE PHOTO: UIP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia has joined other Islamic countries in banning the Hollywood biblical epic Noah starring Russell Crowe, decrying it as irreligious and saying it violates Islamic law against depicting prophets.

A home ministry official on Saturday confirmed that Paramount's latest big budget film, which has sparked an outcry among Muslim groups worldwide, will not be screened in predominantly Muslim Malaysia.

The film has already angered some Christian institutions in the United States over Crowe's reportedly unconventional portrayal of Noah, who is regarded as an important figure in both Christianity and Islam.

Malaysia's home ministry's Film Censorship Board unit chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said a decision to ban the Noah film was made about two weeks ago.

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