Anti-Islam film prompts deadly uprisingSeptember 12, 2012 @ 6:39 am (Updated: 7:13 am - 9/12/12 )
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans have been killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad. (AP image)
The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans have been killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
The movie is called "Innocence of Muslims" and 14 minutes of it, a random mish-mash of scenes, was posted on Youtube in July.
Made by a 52-year-old Israeli-American real-estate developer Sam Bacile, who reportedly raised $5 million for it, the film uses 60 actors and 45 crew members.
Bacile calls Islam a cancer and freely admits he meant for the movie to be provocative - he says he wanted to show Islam to be a hateful religion.
Initially, the most striking thing about this movie is how crudely it's done. The acting is atrocious, it gives wood a bad name, the backscreen projection (or green screen) is embarrassing, the action scenes are inept, and the dubbing is laughable.
The film is poorly produced. And that's what most of us in this country will see if we watch any of this. But what many Muslims in the Middle East see is outright blasphemy and it is offensive. It's bad enough for Muslims to have Mohammed even depicted by an actor, but what's depicted is even more offensive.
Fair warning: Here's a clip that many are going to find objectionable. In this scene, from what I can tell, the woman of the house commands a young Mohammed to enter her room. (Mohammed is later portrayed as sexually promiscuous, bloodthirsty, even seems to approve of child molestation.) This is pretty inflammatory stuff.
The filmmaker says he meant his film to provoke - I wonder if this is the reaction he wanted or expected. He's reportedly gone into hiding.
By TOM TANGNEY
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