On August 27, 2015, the 39th edition of Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) has chosen Iranian epic film ‘Muhammad (pbuh)’ as its opening film. The festival will continue until September 7, 2015.
“The Festival is very proud to be able to host the premier of this important work – a film of very high artistry aimed at a very wide audience,” said MWFF founder-president Serge Losique, 84, in official statement. He is father of film-maker, Anne-Marie Losique, also known as ‘Sex Mughal’.
The shooting of the film began in 2010. It depicts the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) life from birth to age 13, but no actor personate him as per Islamic traditions considering such portrayal as idol worshipping. The $55 million movie is directed by Iranian Academy Award winning Majid Majidi. India’s world-renowned music composer, A.R. Rahman, a Hindu convert to Islam, composed music for the movie.
Earlier this month, the movie was screened at the 8th summit of Islamic Radio and Television Union in Tehran. Majid Majidi was hailed for his effort to spread the truth about world’s most influential personality. The summit opening ceremony was addressed by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei.
Majidi rejected Zionist-controlled media claim that the movie since made in Shia-majority Iran, distorts Sunni narrative of the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh). Personally, I give a damn what the anti-Iran Israeli Mafia says – because at age 13, Muhammad (Ahmad) was neither a prophet or a Shia. As an orphan, his uncle Abu Talib (d. 620) acted his guardian while managing his father’s estate. Abu Talib never converted to Islam, so he couldn’t be a Shia – a politics-based theology which began after the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) grandson, Hussein ibn Ali (ra) in Karbala (Iraq) in 680 CE.
Watch an unofficial trailer of the movie below.