CINEMA- The Message, Oscar nominated film about Prophet Muhammad will be the first Arab film ever to be released in Saudi Arabia. The gulf kingdom recently lifted a four decade ban on cinema.
Moustapha Akkad had directed the film in 1976. At that time, it had received the Academy Award nomination in the Best original Score category. It had created huge controversy then as conservatives wanted it to be banned for Akkad’s depiction of Prophet Muhammad and his companions.
To respect the sentiments of Prophet Muhammad’s followers, Muhammad was not portrayed by any actor, nor was his voice heard in the entire movie.
The Message will release in Saudi Arabia on June 14.