World premiere of Iran's 'Prophet Muhammad' film postponed

Media reports say technical issues prevented screening of multimillion-dollar film

Photo by: AP
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Director of the film ''Muhammad: The Messenger of God'', Majid Majidi.

The eagerly expected premiere of Iran’s multimillion-dollar film "Muhammad: The Messenger of God", which is about the childhood of the prophet Muhammad was deferred on Wednesday for 24 hours because of technical problems, a spokesman said.

The film’s audio track was incompatible with the existing sound systems in Iranian cinemas, Iranian media reported.

The production of the film took more than seven years to complete and cost an appoximately $40 million.

Director Majid Majidi spent five years on the first part of the planned trilogy, which will describe events before the prophet's birth and portray his teenage years, as well as, showing how he became a prophet.

“This film is a step forward for Muslim cinema. This is an investment into the development of Muslim cinema,” the Oscar-nominated director told Iranian Film Daily in September.

"Those who have purchased tickets in advance can use their tickets from Thursday until next Wednesday," Mohammad Reza Saberi, the film's producer and distributor, told the ISNA news agency.

Majidi reportedly took advice from Shia and Sunni scholars during the film making process. Islamic tradition bans the use of the prophet Muhammed’s image and face, due to this Muhammad won’t be shown on screen for sensitive viewers.

Although Iran condemns characterisations of the prophet’s image like those published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Shi’ite Muslims are generally more easygoing than Sunnis about description of religous figures.

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