Egypt bans 'Exodus,' labeling it a 'Zionist film'

( Egypt has banned the Hollywood biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” slamming the movie as a “Zionist film” and criticizing it for a number of historical inaccuracies.

The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale as Moses, retells the biblical story from the book of Exodus of Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.

Christian Bale as Moses in a battle scene in "Exodus: Gods and Kings." Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Egyptian Cultural Minister Gaber Asfour said the film is filled with historic inaccuracies, including making the claim that “Moses and the Jews built the pyramids,” AFP reported.

“This totally contradicts proven historical facts,” Asfour said.

“It is a Zionist film,” he said. “It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it.”

The film has also garnered controversy in the U.S., with some criticizing Scott for taking too many liberties with the biblical story and for casting white actors in Middle Eastern roles.

Morocco has also banned the film just days before it was slated to premiere, according to AFP. The film, which has opened to negative reviews and took in a disappointing $24.5 million during its opening weekend, cost around $140 million to make. 

Posted on December 26, 2014 .