Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Lebanon bans Spielberg film and Israeli adventurer biopic

Lebanon bans Spielberg film and Israeli adventurer biopic

"Screening of the film "The Post" has been banned", said the official from Lebanon's General Security authority, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Samah Idriss, a leading member of the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon, said the group opposed the reversal of the ban.

The two countries are technically at war, and Lebanon at times follows the league's blacklist.

Steven Spielberg's latest film The Post will be shown on screens in Lebanon this week after prime minister Saad Hariri intervened to overrule a prospective ban.

The film, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, tells the story of the Washington Post's efforts to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents that revealed the failures of the USA war in Vietnam.

With less fanfare, the movie "Jungle", starring Daniel Radcliffe, was banned in December because the story of survival in the Bolivian jungle was based on the autobiography of an Israeli citizen, Yossi Ghinsberg.

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"We are glad and pleased that justice, reason, and love of cinema has prevailed", the spokesman said, adding that he wanted to "thank everyone involved in the strong, united large popular support movement", including press, bloggers, and other opinion-makers who rallied in support of "The Post" after news of the ban broke.

Five of Spielberg's recent productions, including Bridge of Spies, were released in Lebanon. The Post will now be released on January 18, as planned. Lebanese citizens are not allowed to travel or have contact with Israeli citizens. In addition to the main character in the film being Israeli, one of the film's producers also is Israeli.

"The Post" is a newspaper drama about The Washington Post's publishing of the Pentagon's papers and which delves into USA responsibility in Vietnam's war in 1971, and the government lies about it.

As Lebanon bans this movie and continues to slander and incite hatred against the Jewish state, Lebanese moviegoers need to hear The Post's stirring message of freedom more than ever, that truth should never be feared, that we should all think for ourselves and not be blindly led into war or conflict or hatred.

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