9 Jun 2006

Da Vinci Code screening in American Samoa on track

3:50 pm on 9 June 2006

The General Manager of American Samoa's only movie theater, Nuuuli Place Cinemas, says he respects the sentiments of those who signed a petition to stop the Da Vinci Code movie from being shown in the territory.

Robert Vernon said in matters of religion it is difficult to have all people see things the same way.

He says he is not sure what is threatening about this film, but encourages everyone to remember that in other parts of the world, every effort was made to ban "The Passion of Christ" when it was released.

Mr Vernon says The DaVinci Code has been rated by the Motion Picture Association as required by law and Nuuuli Place Cinemas are licensed by the film company to screen it and that is exactly what they intend to do.

Mr Vernon says he will inform the governor that Nuuuli Place Cinemas will play the movie as scheduled on June the 30th.

A community group representing church, business and individuals last week presented a petition to the governor to ban the movie from American Samoa.