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The Royal Film Commission Jordan | THE ROYAL FILM COMMISSION – JORDAN SHARES ITS POSITION WITH REGARD TO “MESSIAH” TV SERIES

30/12/2019

THE ROYAL FILM COMMISSION – JORDAN SHARES ITS POSITION
WITH REGARD TO “MESSIAH” TV SERIES

Amman, 30 December 2019

A press briefing with some representatives of local media was held today at the Royal Film Commission - Jordan. Its Managing Director, Mohannad al-Bakri, shared the institution’s position with regard to an upcoming TV series MESSIAH, due to be broadcast on Netflix very shortly. Having been made aware of its content, the RFC has asked officially the management of Netflix to refrain from streaming it in Jordan.

The series was partially shot in the Kingdom in 2018. The story is purely fictional and so are the characters. Yet, the RFC deems that the content of the series could be largely perceived or interpreted as infringing on the sanctity of religion, thus possibly contravening the laws in the country.

While still standing firmly by its principles, notably the respect of creative freedom, the RFC - as a public and responsible institution - cannot condone or ignore messages that infringe on the Kingdom’s basic laws.

For the last few months, the Board of the RFC has worked to reassess its policies and has reached the conclusion that it will change its policy with regard to productions shooting in Jordan, by making sure the content doesn’t breach the laws of the country.

For more information, please call: The Royal Film Commission - Jordan Marian Nakho, tel: 06-4642266/ Ext: 23. Mobile number: 079 7557116

About the Royal Film Commission – Jordan

The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is a public institution, with administrative and financial autonomy, established in 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry. The RFC organizes training workshops, screenings and provides production support services.