New York: Popular American filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola defended Islam with quotes from the Holy Qur'an in a touching way, Morocco World News reported. He was speaking at a press conference held at the 2015 Marrakech International Film Festival (MIFF) on Saturday.
The American filmmaker, President of the nine-member Jury for the 15th MIFF, answered a question about current events and cinema to illionweb media, in which he talked about Islam in a compelling manner.
In a video by illionweb, it shows when Coppola takes the microphone to quote the Qur’an, specifically Surah Al Fatiha emphasizing the message of peace, mercy, tolerance and love advocated by the holy book.
“If you know the Qur’an, the first words are: In the name of God, the Gracious and the Merciful. Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, Master of the Book of Judgement,” Coppola quoted.
“Anyone who knows this beautiful religion that was the height of civilization in the 13th Century, knows that at the root of that religion, the two most important words are that God is Gracious, God is Merciful, and we trust to that God to deliver us from this misunderstanding that is hurting people,” he added.
According to the same source, his testimony full of truth brought tears to those in the room and left them speechless.
Coppola, who was born in Detroit, Michigan, is a film director, producer and screenwriter. Some of his most famous films are ‘The Godfather’ trilogy, Apocalypse Now, and Bam Stoker’s Dracula.
He is among only six people in academy award history to receive Oscars for directing, producing and screenwriting, as well as one of only eight filmmakers to win two Palme d’Or awards.