Cinema: Morocco bans disputed film “La Dame du Paradis”


Judged as “blasphemous” in several Muslim countries, the British film “La Dame du Paradis” will not be screened in Morocco.

The Council of Ulemas, which is chaired by King Mohammed VI, denounced “the flagrant falsification of established facts in the history of Islam”.


Morocco has banned the screening of the British film “La Dame du Paradis” (“The Lady of Heaven”), considered “blasphemous” in several Muslim countries, according to an official press release published on Saturday evening.

“The Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM) has decided not to grant authorization to the film “La Dame du Paradis” (“The Lady Of Heaven”) by its director Eli King and its author Yasser Al Habib and to prohibit its commercial screening. or cultural on the national territory”, indicates the press release.

This feature film tells the story of the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, Fatima Zahra, wife of Ali, the first Shiite imam. The CCM is responsible for granting exploitation visas for films, shot in Morocco or abroad, for theatrical distribution, “in compliance with the legislation” and provided that they are “not contrary to constants and the sacraments of the kingdom”.

Deprogrammed in the UK

His decision comes after the Superior Council of Ulemas – the official body responsible for issuing “Fatwas” (religious opinions) – “strongly condemned” the content of the film on Saturday. In a statement, the Council of Ulemas, which is chaired by King Mohammed VI, denounces “the flagrant falsification of established facts in the history of Islam”.

“This falsification of facts, which harms Islam and Muslims, is rejected by all peoples, because it does not serve their higher interests among nations, especially in these times,” the religious statement said. Released on June 3 in the United Kingdom, the film was deprogrammed by the channel cineworld after gatherings of Muslims outside its cinemas where it was shown.

The British government on Saturday sacked a Muslim official as head of an official task force, accusing him of encouraging protests against the film. Qari Asim, an imam and lawyer in Leeds, in the north of England, posted a comment on Facebook on Monday accusing the film of “deeply hurting Muslims”, without his group manifesting itself.

Describing Muhammad’s succession struggle after his death, it has been deemed “blasphemous” in Egypt, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq, among others. The Muslim world was recently outraged by the remarks of the spokeswoman of the nationalist party in power in India deemed “insulting” on the Prophet Muhammad and which sparked a wave of protests and demonstrations.


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