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Actually, everything is as usual on the Easter TV program. "Ben Hur", "The Ten Commandments", "The Robe": Charlton Heston on all channels. But this year the “most controversial film of all time” (“Entertainment Weekly”) celebrates its TV premiere: “The Passion of the Christ”, produced by actor and director Mel Gibson. Pro 7 broadcasts the violent spectacle on Friday at 10:15 p.m., unabridged, 113 minutes long. In the afternoon, Pro 7 will be showing the controversial documentary "The Jesus Grave" by Titanic director James Cameron.

Mel Gibson, who belongs to a strict group of Catholics in the USA, describes the film as particularly true to the Bible. He shows only the suffering of Christ up to his crucifixion. Right at the beginning, Jesus was arrested by his captors and from then on he suffered continuously. With "The Passion of Christ" Gibson surpasses his Scottish epic "Braveheart" in brutality and excesses of torture by far. Whip and crucifixion scenes are literally celebrated. In 2004, visitors left the cinema in many places. Now Jesus is suffering close in the living room - right after the animated comedy "Shrek 2".

What do the overseers say about “The Passion of Christ”? Folker Hönge, permanent representative of the highest regional youth authorities of the FSK: “The committee discussed for a long time when we would release the film. Ultimately, we came to the conclusion that young people aged 16 and over are able to endure the film. ”The name also says what it's about. “In a film called the Passion of the Christ, the name says it all,” says Peter Esch from Pro 7. “The Passion of the Christ” was not only criticized because of the scenes of violence. The Catholic Gibson was accused of holding the entire Jewish people responsible for the death of Jesus.

The Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation, the German Coordination Council (DKR), promptly protested against the broadcast of the television spectacle. In a letter to Pro Sieben Sat 1 boss Guillaume de Posch, the council criticizes that the film would revive anti-Semitic prejudices. In addition, the broadcast date on Good Friday testifies to “particular historical and political insensitivity”. Pro-7 employee Peter Esch replied: “The FSK approved the film for the cinema in 2004 from the age of 16. Such a film can be shown on free-to-air television after 10 p.m. ”This is also the opinion of the responsible state media authority in Munich. Wolf-Dieter Ring, the chairman of the commission for the protection of minors in the media, points out that there is no prior censorship either.

In keeping with the most controversial film, Pro 7 is showing - in the opening act, so to speak - one of the most controversial documentaries on Christianity: "The Jesus Grave" by Oscar winner James Cameron. What many people don't know: Cameron not only stands for Hollywood successes from “Terminator” to “Titanic”, but also for historical documentaries such as “Die Bismarck” about the sinking of the super battleship in World War II. This time, however, essential basic Christian beliefs are supposed to go under. Because if the burial chamber in the Jerusalem suburb of Talpiot, discovered in 1980, is the family tomb of Mary and Joseph and if the remains of the Christian founder of the religion lay in the stone bone box of Yeshua Bar Josef, son of Joseph, the resurrection will inevitably occur Christ's questioned. At least this is what the cinematic investigations that James Cameron undertook together with the Canadian-Israeli documentary filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici suggest. And the finds in the burial chamber raise further questions: Was the ossuary of “Mariamne e Mara” (Mary the Master) the stone chest of bones of Mary Magdalene? And doesn't this indicate that Jesus was married to her? Doesn't that mean, in turn, that its significance for Christianization was considerably greater than the church previously granted? Finally, with the discovery of a child's skeleton (Yehuda, son of Yeshua), the documentation raises even more far-reaching questions.

The research that Cameron presented at a press conference in New York in February was vehemently rejected by science. The allegations ranged from "dubious" to money-making and headline-grabbing. The main objection: Jesus, Maria, Josef were at least common names at that time and in this region, if not real everyday names.

This objection is not unjustified, Cameron also admits - but only for each individual name. In the combination of the names found, the situation changes dramatically. In this constellation, the probability is 1: 600 that the Talpiot find is not the tomb of Jesus, calculated the statistician Andrey Feuerverger from the University of Toronto.

As daring as the conclusions are, the material is skilfully implemented without forgetting the moment of tension. Regardless of whether Cameron is right or wrong: in Israel every stone is actually historical. The bone boxes of Mary, Joseph and Jesus are kept in a huge warehouse - together with thousands of others.

One can certainly not reproach Pro 7: that the Easter program would be contemplative.

"The Jesus grave". Good Friday, 5:25 p.m.; “The Passion of Christ”, 10.20pm, both Pro 7

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