WorldViews: Iran’s most expensive film is about the prophet Muhammad, but he won’t get screen time

By Ishaan Tharoor, January 30, 2015

This weekend, the most expensive film in Iran's history will debut at a prominent film festival in Tehran. It's about the prophet Muhammad. And no, you will not be able to see his face.The film's director, internationally-acclaimed Iranian auteur Majid Majidi, has spent five years on the project, which is part of a planned trilogy on Muhammad's life. The first installment tells the story of Muhammad from birth to age 12, when he visits Sham, or what's now Syria. The total cost of the film is estimated at about $30 million, a record sum for an Iranian production. It was produced in relative secrecy, with reporters given little access to the sets, which reportedly include whole mini-cities built on location.Read full article >>