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Spielberg Film and Israeli Adventurer Biopic Banned in Lebanon

Spielberg Film and Israeli Adventurer Biopic Banned in Lebanon

Monday, 15 January, 2018 - 13:15
FILE PHOTO: 9TH Governors Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, US, 11/11/2017 - Director Steven Spielberg pauses while speaking on stage. REUTERS/Mario Anzuon

Lebanon's General Security agency has banned Steven Spielberg's latest film, political thriller "The Post", and Australian drama "Jungle" to comply with a boycott of Israel, an official said Monday.

"Screening of the film 'The Post' has been banned," the official from the General Security department told AFP.

Spielberg "is blacklisted by the Arab League's boycott office, which Lebanon complies with", the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained.

The Hollywood giant was blacklisted by the Arab League after he donated $1 million to Israel during the 2006 aggression on Lebanon.

"The Post" is a production starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks on the behind-the-scenes story of the 1971 publication by The Washington Post of the top-secret Pentagon Papers, which exposed the lies behind US involvement in the Vietnam War.

“The Post” was shot in June and opened in US movie theatres in December.

The other film that got the censorship axe was "Jungle", a survival drama about Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who got lost in an uncharted part of the Bolivian Amazon in 1981.   

The film, starring Daniel Radcliffe, had been screening for two weeks in Lebanon but is now being pulled, the same official told AFP, explaining that the decision followed a number of complaints.

In May Lebanon banned the “Wonder Woman” movie because its lead actress, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli.

A ban would require a recommendation from a six-member committee from the Ministry of Economy.

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