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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

    Matt Page


    Friday, December 08, 2006

    Koranic Jesus Film(s) - The Son of Mary / The Messiah

    I've received two pieces of news in the last 24 hours about a film being made about Jesus based on the Qu'ranic accounts of his life. Last month, I discussed Iranian film St. Mary which looks at the story of Jesus's mother from the Koran. I received a comment on that post from Ali who says "Soon to be released is the Farsi movie, The Messiah, a movie about the life of Jesus Christ (according to the Qur'an)". He indicates that it's being distributed by the Jafria Association of North America. From what I can work out the website from this film might be this one.

    Then earlier today I got an email from my friend Thomas Langkau who is in the latter stages of getting his book about Jesus Films, "Filmstar Jesus Christus" published (more to follow on that later). He pointed out this website to me which, like his book, is in German. A very rough translation of it is as follows:
    Iranian Jesus Film at Catholic Festival

    The Iranian director Hamid Jebelli is showing the life Jesus from the view-point of the Koran.

    The Iranian film about Jesus Christ is one of the high points of the Mirror-Image-Ritual Film Festivals "Tertio Millennio", which takes place at present in Rome. Director of the Iranian film "The Son of Mary" is Hamid Jebelli, a Muslim. The film represents the Koranic view of the history of Jesus.

    "Voices of the spirit" in the film production

    The festival is organized by the magazine "Rivista del Cinematografo" together with the Italian catholic play combination. The director/conductor of the festival, Andrea Piersanti stressed, it is a matter of hearing the "voice of the spirit in the film production of the present".
    There are a couple things to add to this. Firstly, it's unclear whether these are two different films or not. Certainly it seems quite a coincidence that two films about Jesus based on the Koran have come to the fore at the same time. But then the titles are different, although obviously that often is the case when films are translated into different languages.

    Secondly, I wonder how these movies/this movie will film Jesus. As an Islamic prophet I'd imagine he is unlikely to appear on screen, or has this film decided to ignore that? If not will it film the story through his eyes like The Message, or Lance Tracy's The Cross (which it would appear is now available on DVD)?

    Finally, FilmChat has linked to shiachat.com where there is some more discussion about the St Mary film, in relation to The Nativity Story

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    • At 7:51 am, December 09, 2006, Blogger Peter T Chattaway said…

      From what I can work out the website from this film might be this one.

      Help! Need a link! :)

      Certainly it seems quite a coincidence that two films about Jesus based on the Koran have come to the fore at the same time.

      FWIW, the website announcing the second film has a date of "05. 12. 2001", which in Germany would mean December 5, 2001 and not May 12, 2001, right? Either way, it appears that film is over five years old, now.

    • At 7:57 pm, January 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      I saw the Cross by Lance Tracy several times in our church. A great film that gives you chills and new convictions about hw and why he died. Highly recommend it.

    • At 3:35 pm, May 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      i saw this film last night! a great film!
      the actors plays they rolls brilliantly, and the story contains many subjects for discussion. the Film is also based on historic events. it is a "Must see" Film

    • At 10:03 am, May 27, 2008, Blogger Matt Page said…

      Thanks for your comment. I'm still hoping to see this film, but I'm not quite sure how I'll be able to.



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