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Israel cinema to show Passion
The Passion of the Christ
The Passion of the Christ was released in the UK in March
An art house cinema in Israel will show The Passion of the Christ after commercial distributors in the Jewish state refused to handle it.

"We see this as a chance to hold an educational discussion on the subject," said Alon Garboz, director of Tel Aviv's Cinematheque.

Mel Gibson's blockbuster has been accused of being anti-Semitic.

Israeli distributors turned it down because of the controversy and concern they would not recoup their investment.

Seminar

The Cinematheque will show the movie within the next three months, Garboz said.

It will be followed by a post-screening seminar examining the depiction of Jesus in the cinema.

The Passion has been a huge commercial success, taking more than $360m (203m) since its US release in February.

Nevertheless films about Jesus rarely draw large audiences in the Jewish state.

Director Gibson is a traditionalist Catholic and has denied the film is anti-Semitic.




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