Exclusive Images: Filming 'The Message', a Rare Look Behind the Scenes

Published June 11th, 2018 - 09:44 GMT

Not many people know that 'The Message' was quite probably one the hardest movies to film in the cinematic history of the Middle East. They weren’t only facing religious struggles, but monetary issues.

Along with that, there was a huge ordeal in which they had to relocate the entire shoot from Morocco to Libya, following religious groups that had forced the Moroccan government to shut down filming. The Message was practically banned throughout the entire Middle-East region. There’s a possibility that it was distributed at a few theaters in Lebanon, but the true man that embraced it was the great King Hussein of Jordan.

Two and a half years ago, Malek Akkad began restoring his father’s masterpiece to re-release it all over the globe. He had no idea that it would take so long nor how massive it was going to be. But just like his father, his humility preceded himself. “In the end, all I’m doing is restoring it. My father was the one that went through the truest hardship of all.”

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‘The Message’
Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor

‘The Message’ Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor

Filming on ‘The Message’

Filming on ‘The Message’

Father, Moustapha Akkad and son, courtesy of Akkad family.

Father, Moustapha Akkad and son, courtesy of Akkad family.

Filming on ‘The Message’

Filming on ‘The Message’

‘The Message’
Irene Paps, Greek actress

‘The Message’ Irene Paps, Greek actress

Filming on ‘The Message’

Filming on ‘The Message’

‘The Message’
Irene Paps, Greek actress

‘The Message’ Irene Paps, Greek actress

‘The Message’
Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor

‘The Message’ Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor

‘The Message’
 Lamine 'Johnny' Sekka, Gambian - Senegalese actor

‘The Message’ Lamine 'Johnny' Sekka, Gambian - Senegalese actor

‘The Message’
Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor
Filming on ‘The Message’
Father, Moustapha Akkad and son, courtesy of Akkad family.
Filming on ‘The Message’
‘The Message’
Irene Paps, Greek actress
Filming on ‘The Message’
‘The Message’
Irene Paps, Greek actress
‘The Message’
Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor
‘The Message’
 Lamine 'Johnny' Sekka, Gambian - Senegalese actor
‘The Message’
Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor
‘The Message’ Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor
Filming on ‘The Message’
Filming on ‘The Message’
Father, Moustapha Akkad and son, courtesy of Akkad family.
Father, Moustapha Akkad and son, courtesy of Akkad family.
Filming on ‘The Message’
Filming on ‘The Message’
‘The Message’
Irene Paps, Greek actress
‘The Message’ Irene Paps, Greek actress
Filming on ‘The Message’
Filming on ‘The Message’
‘The Message’
Irene Paps, Greek actress
‘The Message’ Irene Paps, Greek actress
‘The Message’
Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor
‘The Message’ Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor
‘The Message’
 Lamine 'Johnny' Sekka, Gambian - Senegalese actor
‘The Message’ Lamine 'Johnny' Sekka, Gambian - Senegalese actor

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