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By: Sunil Noronha
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The movie The Da Vinci Code has spurred varied responses from all quarters. What is this fuss all about? From the filmmaker's point of view, it is another film about another book. From their point of view, it is another story-another source for another film. But from the Christians worldwide, the movie presents facts distorted, which are absolutely false. They want the right facts to be portrayed in the movie in the right manner (which first require that the facts be right first). The filmmakers may have a rightful claim to artistic license but they are responsible for what films they make. A fictional movie it may but if they are facts they should verify them first. How can you make a fictional movie based on what is purported to be correct facts without cross checking them?
Now the movie has been made. To the knowleged, it is derogatory to the Christian faith. To the filmmaker it is just another film. Eventually after the film gets played in the theatres after all the protesting and its becomes a hit or if it becomes a loss and the Catholic Church wins their way, what will become of it all?
The only genuine concern for the film should be that does not "miseducate" the unknowing public. Even a disclaimers clause at the end of it wouldn't really solve that problem. There are whole lot of people who would want to make Christianity theirs like Sir Ian McKeller. He, being one of the first few gay actors to come out in the open with his sexual orientation, said ''I'm very happy to believe that Jesus was married. I know the Catholic Church has problems with gay people and I thought this would be absolute proof that Jesus was not gay.'' It could be made into what all the other such people in the world want it like but in a compromised manner.
The point is this that facts and figures don't figure much in Christianity. Christianity is about Jesus Christ and the immense love he had for the world. It would be less of the worlds Christian brotherhood to dwell on whether Jesus had a baby or not or on any other matter of that kind. There are graver things that people should dwell, those who are falling for this contradiction to the Holy Bible.
If you feel the same about the movie like those taking to the streets, those fasting and signing and submitting petitions about it-what is your point? Do you feel insecure because your faith is being made an "untruth"? Is this your opportunity to modify it to suit it to your specifications-by testing it saying that this its one opportunity to show that it is indeed as accessible? Do you claim that it is just another film? -because it is not just another film. Any filmmaker is responsible for the movies that he makes and should verify his claims if offensive or not.
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