Posted on 2/05/13 04:25 PM
Zarafa French animated film directed by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie.
An old man narrates the story of Maki a young boy who escapes from an slave trader. He finds a baby giraffe whose mother was shot dead by slave-trader, and he names her 'Zarafa' (an Arabic name for giraffe). Maki earlier promised to dying mother of Zarafa, to look after her baby giraffe - an Arab horse-rider takes hold of Zarafa in a bid to present it as a gift from the Egyptian viceroy Muhammad Ali Pasha to France's King Charles X, in hope that the Gallic monarch will help liberate Alexandria, which has been occupied by the Turks.
The movie has distorted the historical facts. In fact Ottoman viceroy to Egypt Muhammad Ali Pasha was asked by Sultan Mahmud II to send a rare giraffe to French monarch, in an effort to please him, whose country was supporting Greeks.
2 BIGGEST PROPAGANDA IN THIS FILM
1. It's popular phobia of Europeans to yell as much as they can, when someone shows them back - this animation movie seemed a propaganda film to educate young and adults with negative perspective about Turkey (this should be considered biggest crime in film industry to misuse great art of cinema and later distort historical facts to one's own expectations).
2. When Hassan fetches Zarafa and kid to a tent-man in mid of desert, he tells Hassan, that cows are from Tibet! Upon questioning by Hassan regarding 'what's Tibet'? The eccentric man replies, 'it's a big country!'. No sooner did I hear this, my attention for movie expired and I knew what was ahead in the movie for me and the innocent audience of Europe, who find films the only source to learn about things.
Excuse me, but I still wanna demonstrate the facts that China has been most famous in the Muslim/Arab world for centuries - the great evidence should be the famous saying of Islamic Prophet Muhammad PBUH from 571-633
"Seek knowledge even if you have to go as far as China"
In those days China was considered farthest land in the world, famous travelers would sail to China or India. So, how come Mr. Rémi Bezançon thought a man in desert living with two cows, know that Tibet is a biggest country? Such people should be brought on stage and bombarded with factual questions on distorting history to their advantage.
NOTE: Excuse me if this review offends anyone!