Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh directed a movie that some consider as Iran's answer to Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ: a life of Jesus as seen through the Islamic eyes.
Lara Setrakian of ABC News interviewed the filmmaker:
LS: While production on this movie was happening, Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" came out. What did you learn from watching that film?
NT: We were almost finished filming when Mel Gibson started shooting. I saw the film, and it's the first time the Gospel of John has ever been depicted. It was nice. But it was the wrong story. In my film, I respect that common belief with all the good intentions the Christians have ... according to what Islam says. Yet, Jesus, at the night of the last supper, ascends to heaven [without being crucified]. A beautiful man, a beautiful prophet. Why should he be bloodied that way?