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Film restoration seems relatively free of politics.This restoration is effectively a high-resolution digital copy of the film print.The real opportunity this restoration affords is that it's brought Akkad's television-bound film back to theaters.Initially titled "Muhammad, Messenger of God," Akkad's movie recounts the foundation story of Islam – from the angel Jibril's first revelation to the Meccan elite's oppression of early converts, from the Hijra to the Meccan leaderhip's willing submission to Islam.Akkad clearly hadn't sought controversy. He'd had Islamic scholars approve its narrative. What's changed is the world which Akkad's representation of Islam is addressing.
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