The Royal Film Commission of Jordan does not its people to see “Messiah” despite allowing Netflix to film in the country.
Mohannad al-Bakr, Managing Director of the government organization held a press conference formerly requesting that “Messiah” does not appear on Netflix in Jordan.
“Having been made aware of its content, the RFC has asked officially the management of Netflix to refrain from streaming it in Jordan,” the commission’s statement read.
Netflix said they have not received a formal legal request. “Messiah” was partially shot in Jordan in 2018.
“’Messiah’ is a work of fiction,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to Deadline. “It is not based on any one character, figure or religion. All Netflix shows feature ratings and information to help members make their own decisions about what’s right for them and their families.”
“The story is purely fictional and so are the characters,” the commission said today. “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,” the commission asserted.
“Messiah” is scheduled to premiere New Year’s Day on Netflix.