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The Kingdom banned in Kuwait and Bahrain

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Washington, (ANI): Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner starer 'The Kingdom' has been banned in Bahrain and Kuwait. The Peter Berg-directed movie revolves around an elite FBI team that journeys to Saudi Arabia to investigate a terror attack on a U.S. compound, has been passed uncut in the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.

"The Kingdom" was the first Hollywood film to lense in Abu Dhabi, and its distributor has high hopes for it in the UAE, where it will be screened in 30 screens. "It's a big release. There shouldn't be any controversy. The real question is, Did this happen in Saudi Arabia? Of course it did. The film isn't against anyone. It's a good movie," Variety quoted said Gulf Film topper Salim Ramia, as saying.

The movie was inspired by bombings at at the Riyadh compound (May 12, 2003) and the Khobar housing complex (June 26, 1996) in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S. servicemen were killed in the blast. The film was screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival as its yearly 'Surprise Movie' on 22 August 2007.

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