Floods of Intolerance…Indonesia’s film censors ban Noah

Posted: 25 March, 2014 in world
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Poster Noah 2014 Darren Aronofsky Indonesia’s film-censorship board has banned Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming movie Noah on the grounds that it showed an image of Noah whois consideredto be a prophetin the religion ofislam.The censorship board defended its decision claiming that the film was against religious teachings and values. Zainut Tauhid Sa’adi, a member of the board, told the Indonesian news portal Detik.com:

We have our own authority. We adjust it in accordance with society’s values which uphold religious and unity values. We won’t just follow in the footsteps of another country.

The chairman of the censorship board said the story presented in Noah ran counter to the relevant verses in the religious book, the Koran. Mukhlis Paeni told the Indonesian news portal Merdeka.com:

There are many considerations. The first thing is the content of Noah is against our beliefs or not according to the story in the holy book.

Respected Indonesian film director Joko Anwar criticized the country’s Film Censorship Board (LSF) for its narrow-minded ban:

If there is a fear that the film will cause unrest and protest from some groups then the government should create a situation conducive to people growing up instead of always limiting them to a narrow-minded condition.

We don’t need to get worried about a movie which they claim might corrupt religious teachings. Nowadays, with the easy access to YouTube, banning a movie is a waste of effort. Secondly, if we are talking about film, we should see it as a work of art. Art is an interpretation of the filmmaker, so it should not be banned.


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