Lebanon Will Not Be Showing ‘The Nun’ Movie On Cinemas

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“The film is offensive to Christianity and to the Chruch as a place of worship while also distorting the image of nuns,” an anonymous source who spoke to a French daily?, said.

 

In yet another instance of censorship, Lebanon has banned the new Hollywood horror blockbuster “The Nun” from being screened across the country.

The reason?

Apparently it is “offensive to the Christian faith.”

The movie tells a story of a priest with a haunted past and a young novice about to take her final vows sent by the Vatican to investigate the suicide of a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania. There, they confront a malevolent evil in the form of a demonic nun.

The movie was set to release on Sept. 6, however, according to officials, it failed the government’s General Security screening and censorship process.

“We received a verbal confirmation from the General Security,” Georges Asmar, founder of media agency Moviegoers.me, told The New Arab. “Last Wednesday, the Catholic committee watched the movie and asked the General Security to ban it in Lebanon for religious reasons.”

“The film is offensive to Christianity and to the Chruch as a place of worship while also distorting the image of nuns,” an anonymous source who spoke to a French daily?, said.

The source said religious pressure was not the cause of the ban, yet activist Wadad Jarbou, at the Center for the Defense of Media and Cultural Freedoms (SKIES) asserted “religious figures undoubtedly influence such decisions.”

The film, which is currently screening in the United Arab Emirates, has been removed from Vox Cinemas list of movies, nor does it appear on Cinema City’s upcoming movie list.

 

 

 

 

 

According to Lebanon’s 1947 constitution, the multi-religion country can impose bans on either local or international productions if they do not fall into criteria. These include censoring or banning movies that are politically or religiously charged that may cause public unrest as well as those with explicit sexual content.

In recent months, Lebanon has banned a string of Hollywood movies, including the horror film “Annabelle 2: Creation,” (which falls into the same film series as “The Nun”). Cinemas were asked to indefinitely delay the release of the film after Christian clerics objected to some of the scenes.

 

“Wonder Woman” was also banned in Lebanon because it starred Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress who used to be a trainer for the Israel Defense Forces and praised Israel’s 2014 war in Gaza and a military attack in Lebanon.

And earlier this year, officials banned Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” because the filmmaker is Jewish and offered a $1 million donation to Israel during the 2006 Lebanon conflict. He was blacklisted by the Arab League's Central Boycott Office; however, “The Post” — which concerns government secret and fighting censorship — was allowed to be shown in cinemas after Lebanon's Interior Ministry overturned the order.

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