Lebanon bans movie 'Jungle' because of Jewish star Radcliffe
Starring Jewish British actor Daniel Radcliffe, Jungle, a new movie based on survival tale of an Israeli backpacker, joins long list of Israel-associated movies pulled from Lebanon’s cinema screens, including Wonder Woman and Justice League.
After banning the movies Wonder Woman and Justice League starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot, Lebanon has now decided to also ban the film Jungle starring the Jewish actor Daniel Radcliffe, two weeks after its debut in the country.
Jungle, based on the book Back from Tuichi, is based on the true experience of Israeli born Yossi Ghinsberg who spent three weeks lost in the Bolivian Jungle. Yossi is played by British actor Daniel Radcliffe and the film was produced by Dana Lustig, an Israeli.
The movie depicts the survival saga of Ghinsberg who travelled as a backpacker to South America and got lost for three weeks in the Bolivian jungle near the Tuichi River.
The movie was shown in Lebanese cinemas during the last two weeks but was pulled after the Israeli involvement in the movie was protested. The film is expected to arrive in Israeli theatres in March.
This is not the first time Lebanon is banning movies because of an association with Israel. In addition to Wonder Woman and Justice League, the recently released Spielberg film The Post was also targeted by censors. Another film starring Gal Gadot, Keeping Up with the Joneses, was shown, however, without incident or protest in Lebanon.
Directed by the renowned director Spielberg, Schindler's List included scenes filmed in Jerusalem which seemed to have placed him on the Arab League's blacklist. The Post's movie's distributors reached an agreement with the censors and the movie is set to be screened.