Speilberg film unlikely to be banned

Casey Dawson
January 20, 2018

"We think that notwithstanding the fame and the importance of Steven Spielberg, for the sake of our martyrs and for the sake of Lebanon, our national dignity is more important than any creative elements connected to this film".

Lebanon's censorship board had made the decision to ban the film based on a "boycott Israel" list, which Spielberg appears on since he shot some scenes from the 1993 film "Schindler's List" in Jerusalem, the Hollywood Reporter reported Sunday, citing a source involved with the movie's worldwide rollout. Lebanese laws place sanctions on artistic content created by people connected to Israel.

Hariri, who recently returned to his role after a brief and freaky resignation involving Saudi Arabia, asked the Interior Ministry not to implement the ban, said a government official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

The DreamWorks/Participant freedom-of-the-press picture, which tells the story of the Pentagon Papers through the eyes of WaPo's Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee, stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

"We think this is not the right decision", he said.

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Last summer, Lebanese authorities officially banned the "Wonder Woman" movie, following the casting of Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress, in the movie's lead role.

"The Post" is being shown in other Arab countries, where there have been no calls to boycott it.

Lebanon is also the only country, apart from Syria, that maintains a hostile border with Israel, leaving it with a greater sense of vulnerability than other Arab states, say proponents of the boycott. In 2006, it waged a month-long war against Hezbollah after the movement's fighters abducted two Israeli soldiers. Furthermore, a number of his previous films have been successfully screened in Lebanon since Schindler's List was released in 1993, although the director's name was blacked out on posters advertising his 2011 The Adventures of Tintin. It is based on a book by a former Israeli navy serviceman about his travels in the Amazon rainforest.

The two countries are technically at war, and Lebanon at times follows the league's blacklist. "Lebanon, or certain sectors in Lebanon, have recently realized the dangers of cultural and academic normalization with Israel. after this whole Arab overture to Israel". A television talk show host, Marcel Ghanem, is being prosecuted for criticizing the judiciary.

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