Iran is premiering their $40 million dollar movie about the childhood of the prophet Muhammad

Iran’s most expensive movie, “Muhammad”, which chronicles the childhood of the Muslim prophet, opened nationwide on Thursday, winning praise from early audiences.

Directed by Majid Majidi, the 171-minute, visually stunning film cost around $40 million (36 million euros), partly funded by the state, and took more than seven years to complete.

Majidi says the aim of his work, the first part of a trilogy, is to reclaim the rightful image of Islam, which he said extremists have distorted.

“Unfortunately at this time the impression of Islam is of a radical, fanatical and violent religion, which is not what it’s about,” he said in Montreal, where “Muhammad” had its international premiere, hours after screening back home.

“The barbaric acts of terrorism conducted by terrorist groups under the guise of Islam are not related to Islam,” he said, alluding to beheadings and destruction of cultural treasures by Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

“Islam is a religion of peace, friendship and love, and I tried to show this in the film.”

“Muhammad,” which captures Saudi Arabia more than 1,400 years ago, offers much more than stereotypical trains of Arabs on camels riding across yellow sand dunes.

It takes cinemagoers from the miraculous birth of the future prophet up to his teenage years, and is packed with miracles. The crew of “Muhammad” is indicative of the film’s ambition.

It includes three-time Oscar-winning Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. And the score was devised by India’s Allah Rakha Rahman, a double Academy Award winner for the Danny Boyle-directed blockbusterSlumdog Millionaire.”

In one scene, an army of tribesmen mounted on elephants charges the holy city of Mecca to heart-pounding music, only to be destroyed by a flock of crows hurling stones.

In another, intensely emotional scene, the boy heals his nanny with a touch of his hand.

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Premiering   /prēˈmyer,prēˈmir/   V

(of a musical or theatrical work or a film) have its first performance.

“the show premiered in New York this week”

Chronicles   /ˈkränək(ə)l/

record (a related series of events) in a factual and detailed way.

“his work chronicles 20th-century displacement and migration”

Nationwide   /ˈnāSHənˌwīd/

throughout a whole nation.

“it employs 6,000 people nationwide”


the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something.

“the audience was full of praise for the whole production”

synonyms:   approval, acclaim, admiration, approbation, acclamation, plaudits, congratulations, commendation;

Stunning   /ˈstəniNG/   Adj

extremely impressive or attractive.

“she looked stunning”

synonyms:  remarkable, extraordinary, staggering, incredible, outstanding, amazing, astonishing, marvelous, phenomenal, splendid;

Fund   /fənd/   V

provide with money for a particular purpose.

“the World Bank refused to fund the project”

synonyms:   finance, pay for, back, capitalize, sponsor, put up the money for, subsidize, underwrite, endow, support, maintain;

Trilogy   /ˈtriləjē/

a group of three related novels, plays, films, operas, or albums.

Reclaim   /rəˈklām/

retrieve or recover (something previously lost, given, or paid); obtain the return of.

“he returned three years later to reclaim his title as director of advertising”

synonyms:       get back, recoup, claim back, recover, regain, retrieve

“traveling expenses can be reclaimed”

right·ful   /ˈrītfəl/

having a legitimate right to property, position, or status.

“the rightful owner of the jewels”

synonyms:   legal, lawful, real, true, proper, correct, recognized, genuine, authentic, acknowledged, approved, licensed, valid, bona fide, de jure;

distort   /dɪˈstɔrt/  Verb to change something such as information so that it is no longer true or accurate

The paper was accused of distorting the truth.

The program presented a distorted picture of her life.


Radical   /ˈradək(ə)l/

favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms:

radical ideas; radical and anarchistic ideologues.

Fanatical (fəˈnætɪkəl)

filled with excessive and single-minded zeal.

“fanatical revolutionaries”

synonyms:   zealous, extremist, extreme, militant, dogmatic, radical, diehard;

Violent   /ˈvalyənt/

using or involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.

“a violent confrontation with riot police”

synonyms:   brutal, vicious, savage, rough, aggressive, abusive, physically abusive, threatening, fierce, physical, wild, ferocious;

Premiere   /prēˈmyer,prēˈmir/   N

the first performance of a musical or theatrical work or the first showing of a movie.

synonyms:   first performance, first night, opening night

“tickets for a Broadway premiere”

Screen   /skrēn/   V

show (a movie or video) or broadcast (a television program).

“the show is to be screened by HBO later this year”

synonyms:   show, broadcast, transmit, air, televise, telecast, put on the air

“the program is screened on Thursday evenings”

Back Home

Refers to your country of origin. Which may not be the country you were born in, but the country of your ethnicity or race. Where your parents/grandparents/ancestors were originally from.

Hurlbut: “You said that you go ‘back home’, now what do you mean by Back Home”? Malcom X: “Back among our own people, back into our original civilisation”

barbaric   /bärˈberik/   adjective

savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal.

“he had carried out barbaric acts in the name of war”

synonyms:   brutal, barbarous, brutish, bestial, savage, vicious, wicked, cruel, ruthless, merciless, villainous, murderous, heinous, monstrous, vile, inhuman, infernal, dark, fiendish, diabolical

“barbaric crimes”

antonyms:   civilized

Guise   /ɡīz/   N

an external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something.

“he visited in the guise of an inspector”

synonyms:   likeness, outward appearance, appearance, semblance, form, shape, image;

Allude   /əˈlo͞od/   V

suggest or call attention to indirectly; hint at.

“she had a way of alluding to Jean but never saying her name”

synonyms:   refer to, touch on, suggest, hint at, imply, mention (in passing), make an allusion to;

formal   advert to

“the prosecutor alluded to Dixon’s past”

  • mention without discussing at length.

“we will allude briefly to the main points”

Behead   /bəˈhed/   V

cut off the head of (someone), typically as a form of execution.

“public beheadings”

synonyms:   decapitate, cut/chop/lop someone’s head off, guillotine

“King Charles I was beheaded in 1649”

Treasure   /ˈtreZHər/   N

a very valuable object.

plural noun: treasures

“she set out to look at the art treasures”

synonyms:   valuable object, valuable, work of art, masterpiece, precious item

“art treasures”

Militant   /ˈmɪl·ɪ·tənt/

a militant person.

synonyms:   activist, extremist, radical, young turk, zealot

“the demands of the militants”

Militant , adjective: active, ​determined, and often ​willing to use ​force: a militant ​group/​leader

Capture   /ˈkapCHər/   V

to gain control of or exert influence over:

an ad that captured our attention;

“a TV show that captured 30% of the prime-time audience.”

Stereotypical   /ˌster.i.əˈtɪp.ɪ.kəl/

having the ​qualities that you ​expect a ​particulartype of ​person to have: Customers are ​tired of the stereotypical, ​fast-talkingsalesperson.

Dune   /dun/

a hill of sand on a beach or in a desert

cinemagoer   uk   /ˈsɪ.nə.məˌɡəʊ.ər/  us   /-ˌɡoʊ.ɚ/ mainly UK (US usually moviegoer)    noun [C]

a ​person who ​regularly goes to ​watchfilms at the ​cinema


crew   /kro͞o/

a group of people who work closely together.

“an ambulance crew”

synonyms:   team, group, company, unit, corps, party, gang

“a crew of cameramen and sound engineers”

Indicative (ɪnˈdɪkətɪv)

serving as a sign or indication of something.

“having recurrent dreams is not necessarily indicative of any psychological problem”

synonyms:   symptomatic, expressive, suggestive, representative, emblematic, symbolic;


A cinematographer or director of photography (sometimes shortened to DP or DOP) is the chief over the camera crews working on a film, television production or other live action piece and is responsible for achieving artistic and technical decisions related to the image.

Score   /skôr/   N

a written representation of a musical composition showing all the vocal and instrumental parts arranged one below the other.

  • the music composed for a movie or play.

Devise   / dəˈvīz/   V

plan or invent (a complex procedure, system, or mechanism) by careful thought.

“a training program should be devised”

synonyms:  conceive, think up, dream up, work out, formulate, concoct;

Blockbuster   /ˈbläkˌbəstər/   N

a thing of great power or size, in particular a movie, book, or other product that is a great commercial success

“a blockbuster pay-per-view special event”

Slumdog   /slʌm/   N

a very poor underprivileged person, especially a child, who lives in a slum

“How can this slumdog succed in life?”

Scene    /sēn/   N

a sequence of continuous action in a play, movie, opera, or book.

“a scene from Brando’s first film”

synonyms:   clip, section, segment, part, sequence

“a scene from a Laurel and Hardy movie”

Tribesman   /ˈtrībzmən/   plural noun: tribesmen

a man belonging to a tribe in a traditional society or group.

Charge   /CHärj/

-rush forward in attack.

“the plan is to charge headlong at the enemy”

synonyms:   rush, storm, stampede, push, plow, launch oneself, go headlong, steam, barrel, zoom

“we charged into the crowd”

-rush aggressively toward (someone or something) in attack.

synonyms:  attack, storm, assault, assail, fall on, swoop on, descend on


Causing the heart to pound; dramatically exciting or shocking.

Flock   /fläk/   N

a number of birds of one kind feeding, resting, or traveling together.

a flock of gulls”

synonyms:   flight, congregation, covey, clutch

“a flock of birds”

Crow   /krō/


Hurl   /hərl/

throw (an object) with great force.

“rioters hurled a brick through the windshield of a car”

synonyms:   throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, bowl, launch, catapult;

Heal   /hēl/   V

(of a person or treatment) cause (a wound, injury, or person) to become sound or healthy again.

“his concern is to heal sick people”

synonyms:   make better, make well, cure, treat, restore to health

Nanny   /ˈnanē/

a person, typically a woman, employed to care for a child in its own home.

synonyms:   caregiver, caretaker, babysitter, au pair, governess

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