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Perspective: Arab Nations Ban The Movie

Details drawn from a Wikipedia article and a article about the film “Lawrence of Arabia.”

“Along with many other Arab countries, Jordan would ban the film for what they felt to be a disrespectful portrayal of Arab culture. Egypt, Omar Sharif’s home country, was the only Arab nation to give the film a wide release, where it became a success through the endorsement of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, who appreciated the film’s depiction of Arab nationalism.”

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“The film was banned in the Arab countries. They didn’t consider the Arabs were well represented in the film. Omar Sharif arranged for President Nasser to see it. Sharif: ‘He liked it, fortunately, and ordered the film to be released in Egypt without cuts. It broke all records there.’”

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