The movie “Muhammad” which depicts the Prophet Muhammad’s childhood opened nationwide in Iran on August 27.
The director of the movie, Majid Majidi said that the only aim of this movie is to recover the rightful image of Islam. The movie will first be screened at the Montreal Film Festival in Canada.
The production of the film took more than seven years to complete and cost appoximately $40 million.
Director Majid Majidi spent five years on the first part of the planned trilogy, which will describe the events before the Prophet's birth and portray his teenage years as well as show 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.
"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 both Shiite and Sunni scholars during the film making process. Islamic tradition bans the use of the Prophet Muhammad’s image and face. Due to this the Prophet Muhammad won’t be shown on screen for sensitive viewers.
Although Iran condemns the characterisations of the Prophet’s image like those published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Shiite Muslims are generally more easy-going than Sunnis on the depiction of religous figures.