Muhammad: The Messenger of God

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
, Dryden Theatre
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    Muhammad: The Messenger of God

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(Majid Majidi, Iran 2015, 178 min., DCP, Persian w/subtitles)

Vittorio Storaro | Rochester Premiere. “This is not the first time the prophet of Islam has hit the big screen, but Moustapha Akkad’s 1977 film The Message chose to relay Qu’ranic history only from Muhammad’s point of view. Majid Majidi’s Muhammad: Messenger of God, on the other hand, takes the representation plunge. But Majidi’s lavish $40m film is nothing if not well-intentioned, and what we do see—courtesy of Apocalypse Now DoP Vittorio Storaro, always verges on the symbolic. . . . In some ways, perhaps the film’s most radical message lies in its impeccably rich re-creation of the seventh-century Hejaz. . . . It’s a fraught, heaving world, a polytheistic marketplace full of arbitrary violence and idolatrous come-ons; Majidi’s understanding of the pagan chasm out of which Islam emerged is in direct contravention of the Isis blockheads trying to dump it into a void outside of history. His film is intellectually honest, committed and poetic, but let’s hope we never need to call it ‘brave.’” – The Guardian

Event Details

Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Dryden Theatre
$6 members
$8 nonmembers
$4 students with ID

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