Kuwait bans ‘Death on the Nile’ film over Israeli actress Gal Gadot. The Gulf nation also banned the 2017 film that brought Gadot international acclaim: "Wonder Woman."
10 February 2022, 12:00 AM
28 February 2022, 12:00 AM
Kuwait decided to ban screenings of Gal Gadot’s new film Death on the Nile on Sunday, because she is an Israeli actress, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabs reported.
The film, directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh, is due for release this month in the United States.
The story is one of the most famous works of British author Christie, dubbed the “Queen of Crime.”
Social media users in Kuwait demanded the film be banned, citing Gadot’s praise of the Israeli army.
Gadot, who is from Rosh Ha'ayin and served in the IDF in her youth, has faced criticism and backlash for her support of Israel in the past – such as when she posted on Instagram in support of peace amid the May 2021 conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Moviegoers in Kuwait will not be able to watch it, information ministry spokeswoman Anouar Mourad told AFP, confirming press reports.