Egypt Independent: Culture-Main news en Indonesia bans Hollywood epic 'Noah' over Islamic concerns <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Indonesia has banned Hollywood biblical epic &quot;Noah&quot; starring Russell Crowe, censors said Tuesday, the latest Muslim country to stop the film being screened due to concerns it contradicts Islamic values.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Censors in the world&#39;s most populous Muslim-majority country said they decided to ban the film, which had been set for release Friday, as the depiction of prophets is forbidden under Islamic law.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As well as being a biblical figure, Noah is also a prophet for Muslims.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We rejected the screening of the film in Indonesia,&quot; Zainut Tauhid Saadi, a member of the Indonesian Censorship Board, told AFP.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;The visual depiction of a prophet is forbidden in Islam,&quot; he said, adding: &quot;The film will hurt both Christian and Muslim communities.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It came after the Paramount film based on the story of Noah&#39;s ark, which stars Crowe as Noah and is directed by Darren Aronofsky, was banned by Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates earlier this month.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt&#39;s top Islamic body, the Al-Azhar institute, has called for &quot;Noah&quot; not to be screened in the country.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The film has also angered some Christian institutions in the United States due to Crowe&#39;s reportedly unconventional portrayal of Noah.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The ongoing controversy over the film, which also stars Jennifer Connolly and Emma Watson, prompted Paramount to announce last month they would add an explanatory message to future marketing materials for the movie.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It issued a joint statement with the US-based National Religious Broadcasters body, announcing the move &quot;to help audiences better understand that the feature film is a dramatization of the major scriptural themes and not a line-by-line retelling of the Bible story.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Indonesia has banned films in the past, including &quot;Balibo&quot; which which tells the story of Australian-based journalists allegedly killed by Indonesian troops in East Timor as Jakarta prepared to invade.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jakarta claims the reporters were killed in crossfire.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Noah&quot; will be released this week in several countries, including the United States on Friday.</div> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 AFP 2435126 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/25/94/russell_crowe.jpg Russia erects statue for prominent Egyptian writer <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Mohamed al-Badry, the Egyptian ambassador to Moscow, unveiled a statue of the Egyptian thinker and writer Abbas Mahmoud al-Akkad on Thursday at the Russian Research University, coinciding with the 125th anniversary of his birth.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The statue was made by Osama al-Soroury, head of the Egyptian Cultural Office in Moscow.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Badry praised Akkad as an intellectual and moral value that created a beautiful balance between thought, literature and language. He also reiterated the importance of the cultural relations between Egypt and Russia that bring the people of both countries closer to each other.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Akkad was born in Aswan on 28 June 1889 to a mother of Kurdish origin. His books were translated into Persian, Urdu, Malay, German, French and Russian.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Al-Azhar University called one of its halls after him, and a street in Nasr City is named after him as well.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:39:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2434934 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/13/484151/images.jpg Art Day to be inaugurated Thursday after 33-year suspension <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Interim president Adly Mansour will inaugurate on Thursday evening the Art Day after 33 years of suspension.Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, Culture Minister Mohamed Saber Arab, Information Minister Dorreya Sharaf Eddin, head of the General Federation of Art Unions Hany Mehanna and a number if foreign and Arab ambassadirs would attend the event.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mansour will honor during the celebration 14 artists, and composer Mohamed Abdel Wahab, whose birthday coincides with the event.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The celebration is divided into three parts, including performances by musicians, playwrights and filmmakers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mansour will grant a number of deceased artists the Republic Medal of Science and Arts including Mohamed Fawzy, Ezzedine Zulfiqar, Roshdy Abaza, Abdel Hay Adeeb, and Ahmed Munib. He will honor as well Faten Hamama, Nadia Lotfy, Shadia, Samiha Ayoub, Hassan Yousef, Ezzat Alayli, Mahmoud Yassin, Magda, and Mohsen Nasr.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The celebration will conclude with a concert for Angham and Hany Shaker.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:27:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2434914 at sites/default/files/photo/2013/12/05/484151/smh_0076.jpg.crop_display.jpg Archaeological expert: Qaitbay citadel in danger of collapse <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Archaeological Expert Abdel Raheem Rihan has warned against catastrophe at Qaitbay citadel in Alexandria as caves under the citadel have been filled with the sea water, especially under the main rock on which the citadel is based, which threatens its stability.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Archaeological detectives found out the landslide in the ground on the beach behind the citadel, Rihan added.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rihan told <em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> that he came to this conclusion after compiling data from an archaeological instrument. He added that he took photos from the scene and called for forming an urgent archaeological engineering committee to estimate the dangers and methods for handling the situation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Yasser Oraby, archaeological detective at the citadel, said there was a report issued in 2006 that warned of the same catastrophe and that caves threaten the citadel&rsquo;s safety. A few months ago, he addressed the Ministry of Monuments again over the issue, however, the response indicated that the citadel protection is common between the ministry and the engineering department and that it will have high costs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Al-Masry Al-Youm</em> could not receive a comment from the ministry over the issue, however, Waheed Seif, head of Alexandria&rsquo;s archaeological sites department said, &quot;Ask them where they heard about this. The minister bans us from speaking to media and referred us to investigation before.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:58:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2434744 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/03/05/39/qaitbay.jpg