Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ banned in Malaysia

The country's chief censor has said the film's depiction of a prophet goes against Islamic law

Director Darren Aronofsky‘s new film ‘Noah’ has been banned in Malaysia.

Censors in Malaysia, a largely Muslim country, have outlawed the film for religious reasons, namely its depiction of a prophet. The film has already been banned in Indonesia, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The Guardian reports that the country’s chief censor Abdul Hamid commented: “The movie is banned because for us Muslims, we believe in Prophet Noah (Nabi Nuh) and, according to Islamic teachings, it is prohibited to act out any characters of a prophet… Any depiction of any prophet is prohibited in Islam.”

Aronofsky recently responded to other criticisms of his new Biblical epic. Some reviewers have been unimpressed with the film’s focus on green issues, with one claiming that Aronofsky had turned his title character into “an environmental wacko”.

Speaking to CNN the filmmaker said his interpretation of the story was true to the Bible. “It’s in Genesis,” he said. “Noah is saving the animals. He’s not out there saving innocent babies – he’s saving the animals, he’s saving creation.”

He added: “It was very clear to us that there was an environmental message. To pull that message out of it, we think, would have been more of an editing job than just sort of representing what’s there.”

Noah opened in UK cinemas last week. The film, an epic, large-scale retelling of the classic Biblical tale, stars Russell Crowe and Emma Watson.