Lebanon Reverses 'The Post' Ban; Steven Spielberg Film To Release This Week

Movie Review – ‘The Post

Movie Review – ‘The Post

Lebanon's censorship authorities have recommended a ban on Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama The Post ahead of its planned opening this week in theatres in Beirut. Furthermore, a number of his previous films have been successfully screened in Lebanon since Schindler's List was released in 1993, although the director's name was blacked out on posters advertising his 2011 The Adventures of Tintin.

Lebanon and Israel remain at war after a 2006 conflict which lasted a month and killed hundreds of Israeli soldiers and fighters for the Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

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 US war in Vietnam.

Five of Spielberg's recent productions, including Bridge of Spies, were released in Lebanon. The matter has now been transferred to Lebanon's Minister of Interior and Municipalities, who could still overturn the decision.

Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks attend "The Post" European Premeire at Odeon Leicester Square on January 10, in London, England.

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In 2010, the American director, producer, and screenwriter was also blacklisted by the Arab League's Central Boycott office after it was revealed that Spielberg made a $1 million donation to Israel during the 2006 war in Lebanon.

"This is an awesome development, and to the best of my knowledge, unprecedented in Lebanon", Gino Raidy, of the anti-censorship group March, wrote on his blog. The film, "Jungle", starring Daniel Radcliffe, is the story of about Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg who got lost in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon in 1981.

There are no direct flights between the two countries because of these tensions and Lebanese citizens are banned from contact with Israelis.

Wonder Woman might belong to an imaginary all-female race living on an invisible island called Themyscira, but since she was portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, that was enough reason for Wonder Woman and Justice League to be banned in Lebanon.

Lebanon is a nominal democracy, with greater human rights and press freedoms than many other Arab states.

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