Cineworld has determined to drag a film concerning the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad following Muslim protests
British cinema group Cineworld has pulled a movie concerning the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, Fatima, following a wave of mass protests and accusations of “blasphemy.” The offending film, ‘The Woman of Heaven’ by director Eli King, was taken off the display screen simply 4 days after its launch.
“As a consequence of current incidents associated to screenings of ‘The Woman of Heaven’, we now have made the choice to cancel upcoming screenings of the movie nationwide to make sure the protection of our workers and prospects,” the corporate stated in a press release.
The movie, described by critics as an “epic historic drama,” tells the story of Fatima, but it opens with the Iraqi offensive by Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) and depicts a graphic homicide scene by the jihadists. Whereas depicting people normally is a highly-controversial subject within the Islamic custom, the direct portrayal of spiritual figures is strictly forbidden. The film creators tried to avoid the problem by portraying Fatima as a faceless character, shrouded in a black veil, however the transfer didn’t spare them from outrage.
📢 WATCH: Muslims outdoors the Cineworld in Bradford, the UK's 'Metropolis of Tradition', protest showings of The Woman of Heaven. pic.twitter.com/9xWNXIWblD
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A number of theaters throughout the UK have been picketed by offended Muslims, who accused the cinema firm of ‘blasphemy’ and racism and known as for a boycott of Cineworld, the second greatest cinema group on this planet, altogether.
Some UK non secular leaders have supported the protests. In Bolton, as an example, native Council of Mosques Chairman Asif Patel branding the movie “blasphemous” and “sectarian” in a letter to the corporate.
“It’s possible you’ll effectively concentrate on the lately launched movie ‘Woman of Heaven’ which has brought on a lot misery to Muslims throughout the globe,” he acknowledged. “It’s underpinned with a sectarian ideology and is blasphemous in nature to the Muslim neighborhood.”
The film creators rejected this take, insisting protesters have been radicals and hardline Islamists. The film’s govt producer, Malik Shlibak, has branded the chain’s resolution to drag the movie “unacceptable” and blamed Cineworld for “bowing right down to radical extremists.”