- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

“American Sniper,” the blockbuster film about U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has reportedly been pulled from Baghdad’s sole movie theater amid outrage from the country’s Ministry of Culture.

“The film makes out that all Iraqis are terrorists — men, women and children,” said Sarmad Moazzem, the security adviser at the theater, which is based in the Mansour Mall, The Washington Post reported. “Whereas, actually, there are some people who loved the Americans and wanted them to stay to help rebuild our country. The movie didn’t show any of them.”

The report counters a previous Global Post story that said “American Sniper” was well-received by Iraqi crowds.

But one moviegoer said that audience members actually yelled out “it’s a lie” at key points during the screening, the New York Daily News reported.

Another Iraqi viewer, teacher Ahmed Kamal, 27, who downloaded the movie for free on a pirate Internet site, said that he was particularly offended by the leading character’s label of his kills as “savages,” The Post reported.

“It glorifies Americans and makes Iraqis out to be nothing but terrorists,” he told The Post. “I wasn’t prepared to spend money to see it. It portrays Americans as strong and noble and Iraqis as ignorant and violent.”



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